- Dec 3, 2017
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The movement to decriminalize psilocybin in the United States began in the late 2010s, with Denver, Colorado becoming the first city to decriminalize psilocybin in May 2019. The cities of Oakland and Santa Cruz, California, followed suit and decriminalized psilocybin in June 2019 and January 2020, respectively. Washington DC followed suit in November 2020, as did Somerville, and then neighboring town Cambridge Massachusetts in January 2021.
Supporters of the movement have cited emerging research that indicate potential medical use for the drug. In November 2020, voters passed Oregon Ballot Measure 109, making Oregon the first state to both decriminalize psilocybin and also legalize it for therapeutic use. The use, sale, and possession of psilocybin in the United States, despite state laws, is illegal under federal law.
Of interest to me from the theoretical side is the bioactivity of 7-fluoropsilocin. Psilocin is the psychoactive derivative of psilocybin that gets you to hallucinate. This is detoxified in your body to create a blue 4,7-quinone derivative that is not psychoactive. Putting a fluorine atom in the 7 position blocks its metabolism & would likely extend the experience.