As a child of the 50’s and 60’s what I see happening these days is pretty outrageous! Illinois is about to become the 9th state plus the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana for recreational use! You will soon see slot machines in both O’Hare and Midway airports, a casino down on Navy Pier, but here’s the one that really threw me for a loop. Oakland passed a resolution to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms and other psychoactive plants and fungi in a unanimous City Council vote on Tuesday. That makes it the second U.S. city to do so, last month, Denver voters approved a similar ballot initiative that decriminalizes the “magic” mushrooms. Oakland’s resolution is broader than Denver’s. Denver’s initiative decriminalized the use and possession of mushrooms containing the compound psilocybin, whereas Oakland’s refers to “entheogenic plants” in general, which includes the mushrooms and other plants and fungi containing psychoactive substances. The resolution says city money will not be used “to assist in the enforcement of laws imposing criminal penalties for the use and possession of Entheogenic Plants by adults.” It says that investigating people for growing, buying, distributing or possessing the substances “shall be amongst the lowest law enforcement priority for the City of Oakland.”A city council says it’s OK to get high on psilocybin. I saw this and immeadiately thought of Aldous Huxley’s book Brave New World. Huxley’s 1932 novel foresaw a world that included space travel; private helicopters; genetically engineered test tube babies; enhanced birth control; an immensely popular drug that appears to combine the best features of Valium and Ecstasy; hormone-laced chewing gum that seems to work the way Viagra does; a full sensory entertainment system that outdoes IMAX; and maybe even breast implants. “All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.”
Welcome to the future!!