Connecticut Joint Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Decriminalize Psilocybin

Legislation that would decriminalize the personal possession of psilocybin (the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms) has been passed by a legislative committee in Connecticut.

Psilocybin mushrooms.

Connecticut’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary voted 26 to 11 yesterday to pass House Bill 6734, which would remove the criminal penalties associated with possessing up to a half ounce of psilocybin or magic mushrooms.

Under the proposed law those caught possessing magic mushrooms could still face a fine of up to $150 with subsequent fines jumping to $200 and $500, but there would be no possibility of a criminal charge or jail time. Under current Connecticut law possessing even a single gram of psilocybin is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Representative Steven Stafstrom says that while this bill does not go as far as full legalization, “what it does do is recognize the fact that possession of this substance should not be treated as our highest-level A misdemeanor. It should be should be treated differently than substances like heroin or fentanyl. It has a medical benefit to it.”

House Bill 6734 was filed by State Representatives Anne Hughes, David Muchel, Travis Simms and Robyn Porter.

You can fine the latest text of the measure by clicking here.

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