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Last June, Rhode Island began working on legislation that would decriminalize the possession of magic mushrooms. Also known as “shrooms,” this substance contains the hallucinogenic ingredient psilocybin. Psilocybin has been an increasing topic of interest as a treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.
A new Rhode Island bill introduced by Brandon Potter (D) builds on last year’s legislation to not only decriminalize but legalize possessing and growing shrooms for personal health purposes.
What’s Permitted Under the New Proposal?
For now, the bill would only be effective until 2026. If passed, it would allow state residents to grow, share, and possess up to an ounce of magic mushrooms at a time.
The Rhode Island bill prohibits selling mushrooms from one person to another; instead, individuals must privately share them among family or friends and cultivate them on private property, not in a commercial facility.
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The goal of the bill is to allow Rhode Islanders who may not have access to behavioral health services a chance to access affordable treatment. Potter emphasized in a statement that this is not a profit-driven initiative and is instead an attempt to provide care to people with addictions or mental illnesses.
If passed, this reform would allow Rhode Island to join a growing list of other states decriminalizing or legalizing psychedelics, including Colorado and Oregon. States including Michigan, California, New York, and Washington are actively considering legalization or working on psychedelic legislation and research studies.
Final Thoughts on the Rhode Island Bill
By the time the bill concludes in July 2026, the state will need to provide reports on the number of psilocybin violations and consider the ongoing legalization process throughout the country before legalizing mushrooms further. Potter is hopeful that this stipulation will help the bill pass the Senate, which is where the last psilocybin legislation unfortunately stagnated.
If passed, this bill has tremendous potential to help citizens with mental health conditions and would be a strong step forward for the state as a whole.