It looks like they need about 365,000 signatures to get it on the ballot. If they can get those it'll definitely be worth talking about! Just getting that far would be an accomplishment.
Even in California, I wonder if the voters are "there" yet.
Also, the guy who started the initiative is in the news talking about how mushrooms came to Earth on a meteor and could be a form of communication from alien life. Maybe he's totally right but I'm not sure if that kind of talk will help the cause when the support of the general public is needed.
Yeah if I were to get an initiative going in my own state I'd avoid all the blah, blah, blah talk. Public speaking is an artform few people comprehend. You have to gauge what benefits your audience is gonna achieve through this action.
'Becuase aliens man' isn't gonna win hearts and minds. Even though I might be open to the subject myself I'm not going for the hard sell.
If I were to create a petition movement I'd stress factors of benefit to everyone.
1. Studies showing reduction in prison recidivism
2. Mushrooms being of benefit to reducing various addictions
3. Anxiety reduction
4. Creation of new neural pathways and their use in Silicon Valley via microdosing to create effective coding and help develop new technologies.
And of course the big one......$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Look at all the money pouring into states that legalize cannabis. Even if the mushrooms weren't being sold in shops the state to legalize would fast become a mecca for psychedellic tourists. My own hope is to someday start a shamanic retreat where people can come and safely consume mushrooms in a semi supervised setting.
I'd personally like to see mushrooms legalized for personal use and posession or in part of a religious ceremony but at this point I think legalization for selling at shops like with pot is probably a bad idea.