A long-shot ballot initiative could make California the first state in America to legalize psychedelic mushrooms, according to The Hill.
The Hill reported Wednesday that the measure would exempt Californians over 21 years of age from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin.
Psilocybin is a compound that gives some mushrooms psychedelic properties, and it is listed as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law.
Schedule 1 substances are those classified as ripe for potential abuse while lacking a widely accepted medical use.
Drugs under the same classification as psilocybin include bath salts, ecstasy, heroin and another psychedelic compound in LSD.
The Hill reported that the measure is backed by a legalization activist named Kevin Saunders, who claims an experience involving psychedelic mushrooms helped him end heroin addiction.
Saunders filed his measure with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s (D) office last Friday.
Becerra’s office will analyze the initiative’s proposed language before giving it a ballot title and a formal summary.
Supporters will then be cleared to begin circulating petitions about the measure once those steps are over.
The measure will then need more than 365,000 valid signatures from California voters to qualify for ballot access in 2018.
“There is a cultural fascination with mushrooms that goes really deep,” Saunders said. “The soccer moms are all pretty much, for lack of a better term, high now, and some of them are taking mushrooms.”
“What I think we’re dealing with is possible alien contact,” he added of psilocybin-laced mushrooms, noting they may have reached Earth on an asteroid.
“It may be some form of communication from an advanced society, to reprogram us, to reprogram our souls or mind. I think this could be the next big awakening.”
Marijuana remains on the federal governments list of Schedule 1 substances despite dozens of states having approved it for medical use.
California is one of eight states where voters have legalized the drug for recreational use, and Saunders claims mushrooms containing psilocybin are the logical next step.