Petition to decriminalize magic mushrooms and psychedelic plants in Canada initiated in House of Commons

Magic mushrooms are the most common example of these plants containing hallucinogenic compounds.


A petition has been initiated in the House of Commons to decriminalize the use of plants with psychedelic properties in Canada.

Magic mushrooms are the most common example of these plants containing hallucinogenic compounds.

The electronic petition was started by B.C. resident Trevor Millar, a founding member of the Canadian Pyschedelic Association.

Paul Manly, who is the Green Party’s MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, is sponsoring the petition.

“The use of sacramental and medicinal plants, comprising of plants and fungi, with healing and therapeutic properties, dates to prehistory, and such practices are culturally and socially significant to multitudes of diverse populations globally,” the petition states.

The petition notes that there is “mounting peer-reviewed evidence that these traditional remedies support recovery from addiction, and mitigate mental health suffering while having minimal toxicity when used responsibly and in accordance with best practices”.

“In the midst of an overdose crisis, accompanied by the causes of trauma, anxiety and depression, a wider range of treatment modalities, including those informed by ancient and indigenous knowledge, are urgently needed,” it adds.

Magic mushrooms contain psilocybin and psilocin, which are hallucinogenic chemicals.

These compounds are banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

According to Health Canada, psilocybin and psilocin produce effects similar to LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide.

The federal health agency notes online that psilocybin is being studied for its “potential to treat various conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and problematic drug use”.

Also banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is Salvinorin A, the active compound found in salvia, a plant in the sage family.

According to Health Canada, salvia “disrupts consciousness more than LSD”.

The petition asks for a stop in the enforcement of laws that prohibit or restrict “informed adult use, growing, or sharing of any plant or fungi, where an established record of traditional use exists”.

The petition also suggested amending the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Food and Drug Act, and other regulations to “distinguish and exempt these organisms when used for therapeutic practices, as adjuncts to medical care, for healing ceremonies or solitary spiritual growth and self-development”.

The e-petition can be found online at the website of the House of Commons.

It will be available for signatures within a 120-day period until August 14, 2020.

If the petition secures at least 500 signatures, the sponsor, Manly, will present it on the floor of the House of Commons.

You can sign the petition here.

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  • Jason Robicheau April 26, 2020 02:47 PM

    Suffer from PTSD, psych meds didn’t help. Would like to try mushrooms legally and safely.

  • Eric M. April 26, 2020 06:13 PM

    Nothing that grows naturally on earth should be illegal.

  • Emerson April 27, 2020 05:05 AM

    Psilocybin changed my life, cured my depression and made me a better person by making me so much more introspective

  • Brendon April 27, 2020 03:23 PM

    Love them

  • Al Capone April 27, 2020 07:28 PM

    Salvia doesn’t necessarily “disrupt consciousness more than LSD.” There also isn’t as much research showing therapeutic benefits for salvia, as it can be pretty uncontrollable and lead to bad experiences. I believe salvia should not be a priority compared to the importance of magic mushrooms, peyote, ayahuasca, and LSD.

  • Bob Calabash June 14, 2020 08:07 AM

    I support this initiative, but stopped reading after “mushrooms are the most common example of these plants” …if you don’t have enough basic scientific knowledge to know that mushrooms are in an entirely different kingdom than plants, how do you expect to be taken seriously or to have any legitimacy when making scientifically founded claims about psychological and other health effects and benefits that researchers have worked very diligently and carefully to document over many decades?

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