Petition to Legalize Magic Mushrooms

Add your name to this letter to Norman Baker, UK’s Minister of State for Crime Prevention, for the legalization of magic mushrooms in the UK.

The letter reads:

We call on you to legalise 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 23. Their benefits are such that, despite their current legal status, around 100,000 people take them every year 4.

Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are essentially impossible to overdose on 5, are not addictive and have not been shown to have any detrimental effect on long-term mental health 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 psilocybin mushrooms.

Add your name to it here.