Denver Proposal Looks to Legalize Hallucinogenic 'Magic Mushrooms'

Taylor Tongate of Monterey California holds flyers at an intersection in downtown Denver on Monday as he urges voters to decriminalize the use of psilocybin the psychedelic substance in

Denver voters will decide on Tuesday whether to decriminalize possession of psilocybin, a hallucinogenic drug that puts the magic in "magic mushrooms", in a vote that would make the Colorado capital the first us city to stop such prosecutions.

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 movement is primarily focused on making these mushrooms legal and thereby preventing people of 21 years and older from going to prison for the possession and usage of psilocybin mushrooms. Recent medical research has discovered that psilocybin can be used to treat depression and anxiety in patients when other medications have not worked.

The initiative also calls for the creation of the psilocybin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance.

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Tuesday's referendum, which was the first United States 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". But there is nearly no organized opposition to the pro-psilocybin campaign, Decriminalize Denver.

Voters in Denver appeared to reject the nation's first referendum on decriminalizing hallucinogenic mushrooms Tuesday.

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in ten U.S. states, including its most-populous, California, while 30 of 50 states allow its use for medical purposes. Voters in California, Colorado and OR all have voted in favor of broadly allowing marijuana use in recent years, both for medical and personal use. However, the group supporting I-301, Decriminalize Denver, claims that people have been using mushrooms "for thousands of years for healing, rites of passage, spiritual insight, strengthening community and raising consciousness". 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 an initiative to a statewide vote next year.

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In January, the group was able to collect over 9,500 signatures to get the measure added to the ballot.

If passed, the ordinance wouldn't legalize mushrooms - but instead would "prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties" for possession, according to the text.

"Nobody should be penalized for this substance", Matthews said. "No person deserves this kind of treatment for a substance this safe".

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