California Psilocybin Mushroom Legalization Campaign Ends After Signature Deadline Passes

California Psilocybin Mushroom Legalization Campaign Ends After Signature Deadline Passes

The deadline to submit signatures for a proposed ballot measure to legalize psilocybin mushrooms in California passed on Tuesday—and the campaign behind the initiative announced that they will not make the cut after having been forced to suspend in-person gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. Decriminalize California faced a steep challenge even before the crisis. Their proposal to allow possession, cultivation and sales of the psychedelic for adults would have made California the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to enact such a policy change at a time when activists are generally sticking to local measures that would simply decriminalize entheogenic substances. But advocates in the campaign were determined to make it a reality and had planned out a statewide push to bring in volunteers across the state to convince the masses to sign petitions in favor of the reform move. That came to an abrupt halt last month, as the state government encouraged social distancing and issued a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic was “absolutely devastating,” Ryan Munevar, campaign manager for Decriminalize California, told Marijuana Moment. “It hit us at the worst possible time. We had to shut down right at the biggest uptick in both volunteers and signature collections, and it wiped out a ton of other grassroots campaigns and quite a few well-funded big campaigns as well.” In a Hail Mary pass, the group teamed up with other campaigns impacted by the pandemic and attempted to get the state government to allow them to collect…

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