Mr Kevin Saunders, the Mayoral candidate for the city of Marina, wants to decriminalize magic mushrooms as he says it helped his sister and himself break their heroin addiction many years ago and he sees it as a natural progression after the state of California already allowed marijuana.
“I think we’re seeing something that could literally heal our brothers and sisters," he said. "We’re talking about real cutting-edge stuff."
Mr Saunders spoke of his hope that Californian voters will be mature enough to have a serious, robust conversation about the use of mushrooms.
"It’s a natural progression from marijuana legalization. I think that we are having an opportunity to lead the discussion."
365k voter signatures are needed on the petition he’s launched by the end of April 2018 just to get it on the voting ballot, whilst with just eighty-five thousand signatures, he will trigger hearings at the state capitol.
“The world is really hurting and everybody is at a loss about what’s going on right now with Trump, Brexit, the refugee crisis and everything else. I’m at a loss at what to do politically, but the only thing I feel like we could do is get psilocybin into more people’s hands.”
“It deflates the ego and strips down your own walls and defences and allows you to look at yourself in a different light. It could allow people to figure out what to do and could revolutionise the way we treat those with depression, addiction, and cluster headaches.”
At this point, there are only about a thousand people who have signed up for the idea but Mr Saunders wants to launch it state-wide during the Christmas period.
Given that the Golden State was one of the breakthrough states to lead to marijuana legalization all over the US, it might well be that soon you could indeed take a ‘trip’ to the west coast.