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"Magic" mushrooms may be legalized for personal use in New Jersey

A bill to legalize "magic mushrooms" for the treatment of mental illness was submitted by the New Jersey Senate last week.

The bill, drafted by State Senator Nicholas Scutari, "owns, stores, uses, ingests," according to the language, for residents aged 21 to . Inhale, process, transport, deliver without consideration, or distribute without consideration, up to 4 grams of psychedelic, a psychedelic compound contained in "magical" mushrooms.

Adults over the age of age are legally cultivated, cultivated, or processed from plants and fungi that can produce psilocybin for personal use unless kept on private land and in the hands of minors. can.

Scutari believes that psilocybin is beneficial for mental health and helps treat illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

"Because this bill is an approval for the evolving science related to sirocibin and its medical use related to mental health, it can somehow rescue this natural substance in a science-controlled environment. If so, we need to encourage this science, "Scutari told 

This bill further eliminates past criminal offenses related to psychedelic mushrooms. 

Psilocybin or "magic mushrooms" are seen in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

In February 2021, Governor Phil Murphy took ownership Signed a redefining bill reports that psilocybin's fine for a chaotic person's crime in a third crime in New Jersey could result in a fine of up to $ 1,000 and up to six months' imprisonment. Will be fined.

Recreational marijuana salesbegan on April 21 in state, andraised over $ 24 million in the first monthOfficials said. Residents of New Jersey are not allowed to grow their own marijuana for personal use at home, unlike what is stipulated in the Scutari bill.

According to, the bill has been referred to the New Jersey Senate Health, Welfare and Welfare Commission and may be reviewed this fall.

Experts say that research on psilocybin is promising for the treatment of various conditions, fromPTSD to smoking cessation, but especially for patients with certain mental health conditions. Warns that some serious risks remain.

Some studies suggest that psychedelic mushroomsmay be more effective in treating depression than antidepressants.