Red states join push to legalize magic mushrooms for therapy

Shawn Blymiller, poses for a photograph in front of the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Salt Lake City. Blymiller, a 39-year-old father of two from suburban Salt Lake City, said he started magic mushroom therapy for treatment-resistant depression after becoming disillusioned with traditional anti-depressants. Lawmakers throughout the United States are weighing proposals to legalize psychedelic mushrooms for people. Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Shawn Blymiller spent 10 years of feeling mostly numbed while prescribed traditional anti-depressants, trudging through his day-to-day life as a suburban Salt Lake City father of two kids balancing the obligations of family and work selling technology software.

When his son was diagnosed as having special needs a few years later, the stress became increasingly difficult to endure. So like many with treatment-resistant depression, Blymiller, 39, sought out alternatives and found one he said…

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