Denver is set to vote on decriminalizing hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms

Denver is set to vote on decriminalizing hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms

The local ballot measure would not quite legalize "magic" mushrooms, the ones that contain psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound.

The language of the ballot initiative hews pretty closely to a 2007 marijuana decriminalization measure that passed in Denver back when pot was still illegal in the state. The voters turned down a change in Denver law that would have required police to make arresting people for personal possession or use of psilocybin mushrooms "the lowest law enforcement priority in the City and County of Denver".

So although it doesn't legalize the mushrooms, I-301 would "prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties" on those who have them.

"Denver is quickly becoming the illicit drug capital of the world", Hunt said. Those same effects have appealed to recreational users dating to the 1960s counterculture movement.


Psilocybin is among the substances described as psychedelics or hallucinogens.

Tuesday's referendum, which was the first USA public vote on magic mushrooms, asked voters if the personal use and possession of the drug should be the city's "lowest law enforcement priority".

As with heroin and LSD, the federal government classifies psilocybin as a Schedule I drug, saying it has no medical objective and a high potential for abuse. According to the Washington Post, Matthews has used psilocybin to fight clinical depression-and the Denver Psilocybin Initiative has raised about $45,000 so far.

Studies conducted by the University of Alabama, John Hopkins University, and Imperial College London have all suggested that magic mushrooms have the potential to help treat depression, alcoholism, and other mental health issues. For both proponents and opponents of psilocybin, that's most basic and would possibly maybe merely both design a case for additional decriminalization efforts or sound the fright in opposition to more permissive authorized guidelines. Organizers in OR are trying to gather enough support to put a similar initiative to a statewide vote in 2020.


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. They collected more than 8,000 signatures to qualify for Tuesday's election.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposes the initiative, along with District Attorney Beth McCann.

Matthews said psilocybin has been shown to help reduce dependence on opioids.


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