"Although many of us think of psychedelics as dangerous drugs, it’s time for a rethink. They are non-toxic, non-addictive, have very few side effects, and could potentially offer relief for people suffering from a range of psychological difficulties."
—Dr. Rosalind Watts, PhD.
SALT LAKE CITY — A bigger push to legalize psychedelics in Utah is coming from grassroots efforts in The Beehive State.
Utah Mushroom Therapy, a new non-profit, is working to garner public support through this online petition.
In February 2022, the Utah legislature passed the Mental Illness Psychotherapy Drug Task Force bill (HB 167). The Utah House, with a vote of 68 to 1, and the Utah Senate by 23 to 1, passed the bill with overwhelming support. The bill created a task force to review studies examining the legalization and use of psychedelics in mental health treatment for Utah. Legalizing and decriminalizing Psilocybin in Utah is now very likely but still needs public support.
The movement to decriminalize psilocybin in the United States began in Denver, Colorado 2019. The cities of Oakland and Santa Cruz, California, followed suit and decriminalized psilocybin by 2020. Washington, D.C. followed in late 2020, as did several Massachusetts towns in 2021. Seattle became the largest U.S. city to join the growing list in October 2021. Starting in 2023, Oregon will be the first state to legalize all psychedelics.