Oakland, California Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms and Peyote. When will NZ Follow?

June 06 2019 – Team MindFuel

Oakland, California Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms and Peyote. When will NZ Follow?
Oakland, California Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms and Peyote. When will NZ Follow?
The Psychedelic renaissance is really gaining momentum in the USA now with Oakland, California decriminalizing psychedelic plants! This includes Psilocybin mushrooms, DMT plants such as Ayahuasca and Mescaline cacti such as Peyote!

Oregon is also working on similar legislation for the coming year.

Oakland has become the second city in the U.S to decriminalize magic mushrooms, after Denver, Colorado held a vote last month. The legislation passed unanimously and was extended to other entheogenic plants.

'Entheogenic' defines the ability to induce an inspirational, spiritual experience.

Investigation and arrest for growth, use, possession and distribution of such plants will no longer be prioritized by police.

Meanwhile here in New Zealand these beneficial natural substances remain Class A controlled drugs, alongside the likes of Heroin and Methamphetamine. This makes a mockery of the misuse of drugs act and sends a message to our young people that dangerous drugs like Heroin and Methamphetamine are just as safe as taking a natural trip.

While it is inevitable that New Zealand will eventually follow the USA and relax the laws around natural psychedelics, if our approach to cannabis law reform is anything to go by, we will certainly do so at a snails pace, once again presenting ourselves as late adapters rather than leaders or innovators on the international stage.

What do you think? Would you like to see legal or at least decriminalized natural psychedelics in New Zealand?  If so, what can be done to speed up the transition period? Could legal psychedelics be our big chance to restore our international reputation as ahead of the pack when it comes to drug law reform? Could we legalize them under the PSA? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Sources and references:
The Bekerly Foundation
USA Today
*Special thanks to Shroom360 for the beautiful pic of Psilocybe pelliculosa.


  • Austin: December 07, 2019
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    Awesome news! One step ahead in the right direction. Everything of this nature should be legal. Consenting, informed adults should be able to put anything in there bodies, especially if it is found to be safe and beneficial. I mean we can ingest McDonald and alcohol which are so harmful so why not safe substances, natural and synthetic. A great shift is happening and it will move humanity towards a beautiful future.

  • Team MindFuel: June 07, 2019
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    Andrea, totally agree with legalise all plants, but keep in mind some synthetics such as LSD and MDMA have been well studied and shown to be both extremely safe (far safer than Rugby, Horse-riding, Peanuts or Aspirin) and highly beneficial as well (see studies @ maps.org).

  • Andrea: June 07, 2019
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    Just legalize all plants and ban the synthetic crap, problem solved.

  • Keith: June 06, 2019
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    I can not believe this is all really happening and so quickly now it seems like the psychedelic renaissance really is upon us.

  • Shroom: June 06, 2019
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    Trip to Oakland!

  • Shroom: June 06, 2019
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