In Massachusetts, magic mushrooms are on the ballot
In Massachusetts, magic mushrooms are on the ballot

Psilocybin mushroom (Getty archive photo)

Four ballot questions have been released to voters; all of them could fundamentally change Bay State laws, and one of them could significantly alter the perception of reality for some Bay State adults.

Commonwealth Minister Bill Galvin announced on Wednesday that he had approved the following questions for the November ballot after receiving the required number of voter signatures for the second round of submissions:

  • The power of the State Auditor to audit the State Legislature
  • Whether or not the standardized MCAS test should be abolished as a requirement for high school graduation
  • If app-based drivers can do this, they should be allowed to join and form unions
  • Whether the state should allow limited medical legalization of “certain natural psychedelic substances” such as psilocybin found in “magic mushrooms”

According to Galvin’s office, petitioners seeking to add a fifth question – whether tipped workers should be paid the federal minimum wage of $15 an hour – submitted 12,565 signatures.

While this meets the legal requirement of submitting at least 12,429 certified signatures, a spokesman for the Secretary of State pointed out that “several of the signatures and petition forms submitted have been appealed to the State Ballot Law Commission. The Commission will hold a hearing on July 17 or later to consider the appeal.”

The groups behind the ballot questions each submitted more than 74,574 certified signatures in the first submission phase last year.

The legislature then had the opportunity to pass legislation in line with the signatories’ wishes, but declined to do so. This required additional signatures and allowed voters to put pressure on the bills.

By Aurora