Ocasio-Cortez wants to lead the charge for magic mushrooms research

AOC is on a new trip: studying—and potentially legalizing – magic mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs for medicinal use.

“From the opioid crisis to psilocybin’s potential w/ PTSD, it’s well past time we take drug use out of criminal consideration + into medical consideration,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted Saturday. “That begins with research.”

The progressive darling filed legislation Friday to encourage studies of ‘shrooms, ecstasy and other drugs that some believe could treat a range of ailments, from depression to headaches. Psilocybin is often referred to as magic mushrooms.

The measure, an amendment to a spending bill that would fund the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, would allow federal funds to be spent on such research.

Last month, Denver became the first city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin. Oakland followed suit last week.