With signs bearing slogans like “How about medical assistance in living,” and “Let doctors practice medicine,” dozens of patients, medical professionals, and supporters from across Canada gathered at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill this week to call for increased access to the psychoactive substance psilocybin.

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been banned in Canada under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act since 1974, though some exemptions are allowed for individuals and through clinical trials and Health Canada’s Special Access Program.

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