To Sarah Newton MP, minister for drugs:
We call on you to legalise the supply and possession of psilocybin (‘magic’) mushrooms.
Psilocybin-containing mushrooms have thousands of years of recorded human use. Studies indicate that they can leave people calmer, happier, kinder and more open-minded. Their benefits are such that, despite their current legal status, around 100,000 people take them every year.
Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are not toxic to the body in the way alcohol is, are not addictive and have not been shown to have any detrimental effect on long-term mental health when used carefully (in fact, they may be beneficial in this regard). They can be grown domestically in a way which does not harm people or the environment.
Experts suggest that legalising psilocybin mushrooms would result in a significant drop in consumption of alcohol and other riskier legal highs, resulting in a net health benefit to society with significant associated cost savings.
As citizens of a liberal, rational society, we ask you to consider the facts and take steps to legalise the supply and possession of psilocybin mushrooms.
- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drug-misuse-findings-from-the-2012-to-2013-csew/drug-misuse-findings-from-the-2012-to-2013-crime-survey-for-england-and-wales5 http://www.drugscience.org.uk/drugs-info/psilocybin-mushrooms/