photo of mushrooms growing in grassIn a feature for The Atlantic, Jane C. Hu looks at the decriminalization of marijuana to shine a light on what may become of the movement toward legalization of some psychedelics. Despite the massive strides it has made toward legal use, marijuana still is federally illegal, meaning obtaining it legally is reliant on a patchwork of state laws, business owners face a difficult financial calculus, and research on the potential medicinal uses of the drug is almost impossible. As psilocybin and MDMA barrel along the pathways to the mainstream that marijuana walked more gradually, Hu asks whether they will avoid some of the pitfalls that cannabis fell into — while maybe encountering new ones. Photo by Arp via Wikimedia Commons