Massachusetts: 100,000 More Signatures Submitted for Psychedelic Legalization Initiative

Proponents behind a Massachusetts initiative to legalize psychedelics have submitted 100,000 new signatures.

Mescaline (top left), ibogaine (top right), psilocyn mushrooms (bottom left), DMT ingredient (bottom right).

Last month Massachusetts for Mental Health Options said it had collected over 75,000 verified signatures from registered voters, more than the 74,574 needed to force the state’s legislature to consider the proposal. Now, the group says it has submitted 100,000 new signatures after the state says that some of the initial signatures were invalid due to a technicality.

The proposed law would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of up to one gram of DMT, 18 grams of non-peyote mescaline, 30 grams of Ibogaine, one gram of psilocybin and one gram of psilocin.

The initiative would “expand mental health treatment options in Massachusetts by providing new pathways to access natural psychedelic medicine therapy”, including “creating access to natural psychedelic medicine therapy and removing criminal penalties for personal possession of these medicines.”

The law would allow licensed service centers to supply psychedelics, overseen by a newly-created Natural Psychedelic Substances Commission (modeled after the state’s Cannabis Control Commission),

Once the state verifies the signatures, the legislature will be given until May 1 to approve or reject the initiative. If they reject it, Massachusetts for Mental Health Options will have until July 3 to submit an additional 12.4k signatures in order to place the measure on the November, 2024 general election ballot.

Psychedelics under the initiative would be subject to a 15% excise tax. The initiative would take effect on December 15, 2024, with the commission formed by March 1, 2025.

In Massachusetts six different cities have passed ordinances decriminalizing the possession of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms. Salem was the most recent in May, joining Cambridge, Somerville, Easthampton, Northhampton and Amherst.

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