The D.C. woman who led the effort to pass an initiative to loosen restrictions on psychedelic plants says she turned to magic mushrooms as a last resort in her battle with post-partum depression.
“My life kind of spiraled out of control,” said Melissa Lavasani, organizer of Decriminalize Nature DC. “I was severely depressed. It was very clear that I was at some point going to take my own life.”
Lavasani says the mushrooms helped her feel better, but she worried she’d get arrested since psychedelics are illegal in D.C. “We think of somebody that’s using drugs as harming themselves, harming society,” she said. “I was helping myself and I wasn’t harming anyone.”
That’s why she says, she wanted to create change.