Colorado is rapidly turning itself into a joke. Congress really ought to do something.
Voters in Denver approved a measure to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms. Advocates say the drug in the mushrooms can have medical uses.
Here’s the thing: That could be true. We just don’t know. What we do know is that people in Denver will now be able to gobble down hallucinogenic mushrooms and smoke a bunch of dope legally. Whee! No rules!
The advocates of these drugs have successfully positioned the issue in Colorado with two substances now. First, they opened the door by establishing the notion of medical use. Then they went for full legalization.
In the case of marijuana, legalization has now spread to several other states. There are, of course, pluses and minuses to that, which we don’t need to get into right now.
The issue is that this same playbook is being used for another drug. Couldn’t you say the same for, say, LSD? How about PCP? Cocaine? Heroin? Surely they all have some “medical” use, don’t they?
When we say that Congress ought to do something, what we mean is that Congress should allow and encourage real scientific research into these drugs. Is it, in fact, true that psilocybin — the drug in the mushrooms — can help alcoholics or nicotine addicts, or in the treatment of depression, as some studies have indicated? Or is the fact that it can cause paranoia and anxiety — as the government has warned in classifying it as an illegal drug — the overriding issue?
If it’s true that the drug can have medical benefits, then why are we legalizing it for whatever users want to do with it? Shouldn’t there be reasonable medical guidelines established?
In Kansas, we have the luxury of standing by and watching as our neighbor to the west stumbles its way through all this. But the truth is that state-by-state experimentation on illegal drugs is probably not a great approach. This stuff is either medically legit or it’s not, whatever state you’re in.