Rhode Island’s full House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would legalize the possession and cultivation of psilocybin.
House Bill 5923 was approved through the House today by a veto-proof majority, 54 to 11. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration, with passage in the Senate sending the bill to Governor Daniel McKee.
As approved by the House, HB 5923 would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of psilocybin, which is the psychedelic compound found in magic mushroom. Those 21 and older would also be allowed to grow psilocybin for both personal use and for sharing with another individual who is also at least 21 years old.
The measure states that the Rhode Island Department of Health “shall establish rules and regulations pertaining to cultivation, distribution and medical prescription” if psilocybin is removed as a schedule 1 drug federally.
You can click here for the full text of House Bill 5923.
If House Bill 5923 is passed into law, Rhode Island will join Oregon and Colorado as states that have legalized or decriminalized the personal possession of psilocybin. However, the laws in both of those states allow for psilocybin to be administered through licensed facilities regardless of federal law.