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 use1. Studies indicate that they can leave people calmer, happier, kinder and more open-minded 2 3. Their benefits are such that, despite their current legal status, around 100,000 people take them every year 4.
Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are not toxic to the body in the way alcohol is 5, are not addictive and have not been shown to have any detrimental effect on long-term mental health when used carefully 6 (in fact, they may be beneficial in this regard 7). 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 8.
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.
- 1 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ZLSj-2eY8LwC
- 2 http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/16/magic-mushrooms-can-improve-psychological-health-long-term/
- 3 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110929074205.htm
- 4 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-wales
- 5 http://www.drugscience.org.uk/drugs-info/psilocybin-mushrooms/
- 6 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0063972
- 7 http://ultraculture.org/blog/2013/08/20/psychedelics-improve-mental-health/
- 8 http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jun/25/drugsandalcohol.immigrationpolicy