Language approved for Oregon ballot measure to legalize psychedelic mushrooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general has approved language for a ballot measure to make psychedelic mushrooms legal.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the measure would reduce criminal penalties for the manufacture, delivery and possession of psilocybin — the hallucinogen contained in psychedelic mushrooms.

The Oregon Psilocybin Society plans this month to start gathering the 140,000 signatures necessary to get the measure onto the ballot in 2020.

The number of signatures required is nearly equal to the population of Salem.

The federal government controlled use of mushrooms in the 1970s.

A spokeswoman for Oregon's top prosecutor, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, tells OPB the agency doesn't typically comment on ballot measures.

A similar effort to legalize in California failed recently.