As a law-abiding citizen, I should have the right to eat a mushroom that has been used by other cultures for thousands of years. As an individual with a family history of alcoholism, I should be able to eat a mushroom that can help treat the “disease” and provide an alternative to a legal substance which has directly killed millions of people and destroyed as many families. Why are marijuana and magic mushroom still Schedule 1 drugs when there is overwhelming scientific evidence that they have medical uses? The DEA is a criminal organization, they are a tumor being fed by our tax dollars and they are killing people whose lives could be saved from using these illegal medicines.
Prisons are overcrowded with non-violent “criminals”, people have literally been ripped away from their families for simply possessing something that they wanted to put in their bodies. Thousands of people have their permanent record scarred every day with some form of drug-related charge negatively affecting their prospects of becoming an employed and productive member of society. During the prohibition of alcohol, the government was found to be poisoning barrels of illegal alcohol in an attempt to scare people away from drinking it – thousands died. How could I possibly trust my drug dealer or someone on the dark-web? We need to begin regulating these substances and testing them for their purity. I’d rather not have my kid experimenting with MDMA, but if he ended up getting it, I’d want him to know the source and purity of the substance. Prohibition doesn’t work, the U.S. has been involved in a lot of futile wars, and the war on drugs is at the top of the list.