The campaign to decriminalize psilocybin in California died, quietly and off camera, upon missing this week’s signature deadline. As with most crap developments in the foreseeable future, COVID-19 is to blame.
The campaign initially sought to fully decriminalized magic mushrooms, but was amended to allow sale in licensed shops.
- By Tuesday, the Decriminalize California-backed initiative needed to present 623,212 signatures from registered voters to get onto the November ballot. After shelter-in-place orders, campaign organizers asked the state for a deadline extension and permission to use digital tools as a means of collecting signatures.
- In a Tuesday email to supporters the campaign wrote, “As of yet we have not received a single indication that the California government will allow for an extension or electronic signatures.”
- Decriminalize California plans to try again in 2022 and reportedly will resume gathering signatures once social distancing ends.
- Meanwhile, Hollister bought Alpha Minds in a stock deal, creating a “perfect foothold” for the company to get in on the paradoxically mushrooming medicinal market.
- While most heads focused on cannabis this week, a select few observed cannabis day and the first acid trip. The best-equipped travelers learned the history of LSD pioneer Albert Hofmann before booking their flights.