Denver 'magic mushroom' measure appears headed for defeat

Grant Boone
May 9, 2019

The ordinance, if handed, would additionally bar the metropolis from spending money on prison enforcement for those adults and establish and "psilocybin mushroom protection evaluation panel". Federally illegal in the USA since 1968, psilocybin is categorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under "Schedule I", along with drugs like heroin, marijuana and LSD. Hallucinogenic mushrooms remain illegal in Denver and the rest of Colorado, and selling them will still be a felony.

In January, Decriminalize Denver announced that it collected almost 9,500 signatures, and turned in paperwork with the Denver Elections Division to get the initiative placed on the ballot.

Psilocybin, the naturally occurring hallucinogenic in certain mushrooms, is now designated as a Schedule I controlled substance, so the possession of "magic mushrooms" is now illegal. The city, in 2005, became the first city to make the possession of marijuana legal. "I don't think that people should be criminalized or looked upon differently because they are required to take something that can make them feel this much better", one 54-year-old patient now using psilocybin mushrooms told CBS Denver. Users have described seeing vivid colours and geometric patterns, and experiencing powerful spiritual connections and emotions.

Although decriminalizing psilocybin would possibly maybe maybe also seem adore an off the wall proposal, it's no longer and just a few different other worldwide locations build no longer retain a watch on magic mushrooms. The measure does not legalize psilocybin or permit its sale by cannabis businesses. But in 2018, researchers from Johns Hopkins University said that psilocybin's "associated harms are low compared to prototypical abused drugs" and that it "may provide therapeutic benefits supporting its development as a new drug". But there is nearly no organized opposition to the pro-psilocybin campaign, Decriminalize Denver. Organizers in OR, meanwhile, are trying to gain enough support to put an initiative to a statewide vote next year.

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Tyler Williams, a financial planner, enlisted a friend to take his photo outside a Denver polling place before he voted 'yes.' Williams worked on the campaign's initial attempts to get on the ballot, motivated by what he called a positive experience using psilocybin to manage severe depression.

Advocates in Denver amassed 9,500 signatures to put the issue on Tuesday's ballot.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposes the initiative along with District Attorney Beth McCann, but there has been no organized campaign against decriminalization.

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