Are Mushrooms Legal in Utah?

by | Mar 29, 2023 | Awareness, Legal Update | 0 comments

As cannabis legalization gains traction across the United States, another psychoactive substance is making waves in the realm of mental health: psilocybin, the active compound found in certain species of mushrooms. While psilocybin is still illegal at the federal level, some states are taking steps to decriminalize or legalize it for medical or therapeutic use. So, is psilocybin legal in Utah?

The short answer is no, psilocybin mushrooms are illegal in Utah, and possession or use can result in criminal charges. However, Utah Patients Coalition has been working diligently with Utah law makers and there have been recent developments that suggest a shift in the state’s attitudes toward psilocybin and its potential therapeutic benefits.

Utah’s Senate Bill 200

In March 2021, the Utah Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 200, which aims to create a pilot program for the use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes. The bill is still awaiting approval from the state’s House of Representatives, but if passed, it would create a pilot program to study the use of psilocybin for individuals with certain mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

The pilot program would be overseen by the Utah Department of Health, and would involve licensed medical professionals administering psilocybin to patients in a clinical setting. The bill includes strict regulations to ensure patient safety and prevent abuse or misuse of psilocybin, including requirements for medical screening, informed consent, and ongoing monitoring and support for patients.

The Mental Health Crisis in Utah

The need for new and innovative treatments for mental health conditions is urgent in Utah, which has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the United States. According to the Utah Department of Health, over 20% of adults in the state experience a mental health disorder in any given year, and suicide is the leading cause of death for Utahns aged 10-24. Despite these alarming statistics, access to mental health care in Utah is limited, particularly in rural areas.

The potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin for mental health conditions are still being studied, but early research suggests that it may be a promising treatment option for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to decriminalize or legalize psilocybin for medical or therapeutic use, and Utah’s Senate Bill 200 is part of this trend.


While psilocybin mushrooms are currently illegal in Utah, the state’s Senate Bill 200 represents a significant step toward exploring the potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin for mental health conditions. If passed, the pilot program could offer hope and relief for many individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and could pave the way for further research and legalization of psilocybin in Utah and beyond. As the mental health crisis continues to impact communities across the country, it is critical that we remain open to new and innovative treatments, and that we prioritize patient safety and well-being in all our efforts to improve mental health care.