Magic mushrooms got caught up in the anti drug hysteria during the Nixon Administration and became illegal along with many other drugs with therapeutic potential. Nevermind that the use of psychedelic mushrooms has been around for thousands of years, but all research was halted after conservatives and pharmaceutical companies teamed up to ban them. You see, the drug companies couldn't make any money on mushrooms that seem to grow in most people's back yards.
Mushrooms are finally getting some respect from people like Paul Stamets and Bill Richards from Johns Hopkins who have studied the therapeutic effects of mushrooms for many years.
They claim that psilocybin has the potential to change the world by enabling each of us to view life and death through a different lens, with the elusive result of moving toward a more harmonious existence with one another here on Planet Earth. It could be that simple.