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Yahoo Finance

Denver and two California cities, Santa Cruz and Oakland, have already decriminalized psychedelics. While the legislation does not remove penalties related to the sale or cultivation of mushrooms in Santa Cruz, it does mean the city’s law enforcement is unlikely to investigate or arrest individuals for possession…


Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ — At first glance, it looked like an ordinary gardening workshop. On a table at the front of the room sat soil additives, humidity detectors and an oyster mushroom the size of a grapefruit…


Reason Magazine

On May 7, 2019, Denver voted to become the first city in America to decriminalize magic mushrooms. On June 4, 2019, Oakland, California, decriminalized all psychedelic plants and fungi. On January 28, 2020, the neighboring Bay Area city of Santa Cruz followed suit. And now statewide efforts are underway in Washington state, Oregon, and California…


Liberate The Podcast

EPISODE 115 | DEEP CUTS: DECRIMINALIZE MAGIC MUSHROOMS with Michalis Vamvatiras (The Greek Guy) & Ryan Munevar of Decriminalize California Deep Cuts is an up-close & personal branch of Liberate The Podcast featuring the Liberate Fam. Much Love!


Desert Sun

In addition to voting for president in 2020, Californians may weigh in at the ballot box on everything from legalizing psychedelic mushrooms to allowing sports betting at tribal casinos. The California Secretary of State has accepted applications for more than two dozen proposed ballot initiatives for next year, though thus far, only four campaigns have qualified for the ballot, either though bills passed by the legislature or by submitting the hundreds of thousands of signatures the state requires citizen-initiated propositions to collect. But several deep-pocketed interest groups are just now gearing up pricey campaigns to get their measures on the ballot.


Marijuana Moment

California activists could soon begin collecting signatures for a ballot measure to legalize psilocybin mushrooms in the state. In an email blast to supporters this month, the group Decriminalize California shared the final language of a proposed initiative that was submitted to the secretary of state’s office following a 30-day public comment period. It will take about two weeks for the attorney general to approve the title, summary and fiscal impact report, after which point signature gathering will commence.


Los Angeles Magazine

California is continuing on its path of drug law reform with the filing of a new voter initiative on the topic of psilocybin, the so-called “magic mushrooms” of ancient and modern times. A number of cities, including Denver Colorado, have already taken the step with positive results. “Magic Mushrooms” have been used as a spiritual guide by indigenous societies of Mesoamerica for millennia. 


Filter Magazine

Decriminalize California is a group operating an effort to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms throughout the Golden State by putting the question to voters on the November 2020 ballotOn November 18, it announced an important new partnership. It’s teaming up with the Beckley Foundation—a UK-based organization that funds and conducts psychedelic research to “drive evidence-based drug policy reform.”


Yahoo! Finance

By this time next year, magic mushrooms could be legal in California thanks to a partnership between the Beckley Foundation and Decriminalize California. Decriminalize California is a grassroots campaign workings towards psilocybin decriminalization in the state of California through a ballot initiative. The organization’s proposed initiative would legalize psilocybin mushrooms for medical and therapeutic use, and decriminalize them for personal, spiritual and religious use, with adults being able to cultivate and use in the state of California. In addition, the group proposes that those with previous criminal records relating to psilocybin have their sentences reviewed and potentially expunged.


Delic Radio

On this episode of Delic Radio you will hear from Ryan leading the charge at Ryan and his team legalized cannabis in many California municipalities and now he’s shifted his focus to psilocybin decriminalization efforts in Los Angeles. We also announce the first lineup of visionary speakers at the first ever psychedelic wellness summit, Come Meet Delic at Wisdome.LA on May 2 & 3, 2020. Reach out to us at We can’t wait to meet you. 

Marijuana Moment

Activists filed a proposed ballot measure last week that seeks to legalize the possession, cultivation and retail sale of psilocybin mushrooms in California. Decriminalize California, the group behind the petition, previously filed a narrower initiative to decriminalize the psychedelic statewide. But now they’re requesting a ballot title and summary for a new, more expansive proposal that also includes an relief for people who have previously been convicted of offenses involving psilocybin.



Decriminalize California, the campaign to decriminalize psilocybin in California, is now offering mushroom-growing classes. The campaign’s director, Ryan Munevar, explains why at DoubleBlind’s launch party.


Worth The Fight Podcast

Conversation with Ryan Munevar, the campaign director for Ryan and I have a spirited discussion about what is needed in the efforts to decriminalize psilocybin in California’s 2020 election. We talk everything psychedelic mushrooms: from why these little fungi are illegal to the obstacles that are in the way of these efforts for decriminalization and drug reform. needs our help. Please consider donating, volunteering your time or sharing this podcast. Thank you for listening! Please rate and review if you found value in this content. 

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Alex and Donnell talk with Ryan Munevar about decriminalizing mushrooms at a state-wide level. Munevar tells us about the origins of the California Psilocybin Decriminalization and Research Initiative 2020, how he approaches such a massive endeavor, why he prefers decriminalization over legalization and what he thinks of 9/20, the mushroom holiday.


The Doctors TV

The Doctors also meet Ryan Munevar, who says his life has been positively changed in several ways with a weekly dose of psilocybin. He shares that he suffers from seasonal affective disorder and often feels depressed due to dreary weather. He tells The Doctors since he began microdosing with mushrooms he now wakes up with a sense of hope and feels more equipped and able to deal with the day. 

Spectrum News 1

LOS ANGELES – There’s a growing number of people who are trading in their prescriptions for plants. Magic mushrooms or psilocybin to be exact. Some say the mushrooms have the potential to heal, while others warn about possible dangerous side effects. Ryan Munevar, is campaigning to legalize the mushrooms in the State of California. During our interview he popped a few of the dried mushrooms in his mouth.


Los Angeles Magazine

Last week, Oakland’s City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize magic mushrooms, making the Bay Area burg the second city in the United States to do so. Unlike the Denver initiative passed in May, Oakland’s resolution will allow people to possess not only psilocybin but also peyote and other psychedelic plants without the added paranoia of being locked up.


East Bay Times

Using psilocybin mushrooms, also known as “magic mushrooms,” as well as ayahuasca and peyote will now be allowed in Oakland, the second city in the country to give the hallucinogenic fungi the OK.


USA Today

First came Denver. And now possibly Oakland, California, will help set the stage for other cities to consider decriminalizing hallucinogenic fungi, or “magic mushrooms.”


San Francisco Chronicle

UCSF psychiatrist Brian Anderson is studying an experimental therapy to help long-term AIDS survivors — people who were infected with HIV in the 1980s and never expected to live this long — who are feeling sad and demoralized.


The Sacramento Bee​

Oakland leaders are meeting on Tuesday night to consider decriminalizing so-called “magic mushrooms.”



Oakland, California, is poised to become the second American city, after Denver, to decriminalize magic mushrooms.


The Daily Signal

The decision by Denver voters last week to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms marked a significant shift in the debate over legalizing illegal drugs—which up to this point revolved entirely around marijuana.


Rolling Stone

Not long after the polls closed in Denver on Tuesday night, news outlets were reporting that the nation’s first citywide initiative to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms had failed. Disappointment washed over the psychonaut community on social media — the initiative, reports were saying, had lost by 3%. Meanwhile, at least 25% of the votes were still untallied and Decriminalize Denver Field Coordinator Travis Tyler Fluck announced he was “viciously optimistic.” It wasn’t for nothing.


The Washington Post

 Voters in Denver made history May 7 as the city became the first in the nation to approve an ordinance decriminalizing a psychedelic — psilocybin mushrooms, or “shrooms” — that many thought had disappeared decades ago along with tie-dye and love-ins.


Psychedelic Times

Hot on the heels of the Denver psilocybin vote passing, we connected with Ryan Munevar, director of Decriminalize California. Whereas Denver’s recent victory was citywide, Decriminalize California is working on a statewide initiative that would open magic mushrooms up for cultivation, possession, consumption, and medical research across all of California. Ryan has been a cannabis activist and entrepreneur for many years, and is passionate about ending the unjust drug war on psilocybin and other psychedelics— California first, and then the world.


Denver voters made history once again on Tuesday night by narrowly approving Initiative 301, which decriminalizes the possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms by those over 21 years old.


Hours after numerous media outlets (including us) had the Denver magic mushroom initiative going down to defeat Tuesday night, it managed a near-miraculous last-minute comeback to squeak out a victory by a margin of 50.56% to 49.44%, late Wednesday afternoon, according to unofficial Denver Election Division results.


Marijuana Moment

Activists are seeking legislative assistance in crafting a 2020 ballot initiative to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms for medical and religious purposes in California.

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