Denver Polls for Decriminalization of ‘Magic Mushrooms’

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On this Tuesday, May 7, Denver voters will decide whether psilocybin mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms”-which are said to help alleviate anxiety and depression- should be decriminalized.

The vote comes after the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative gathered enough signatures (4,726 were needed; 5,559 valid achieved) to add the question to the election ballot.

If passed, Denver would become the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize this psychedelic drug. Also, this would make the use and possession of “magic mushrooms” by adults 21+ the lowest law enforcement priority of the city, preventing them from using resources to impose penalties. The drug will not be able to be sold, but instead grown by users.

According to Jeff Hunt, the Vice President of Public Policy at Colorado Christian University said “Denver is quickly becoming the illicit drug capital of the world,” via CBS Denver.

Hunt believes that “the psychedelic mushroom folks are following the same playbook that marijuana did. They’re starting with decriminalization and then they’re going to move on to commercialization.”

In sum, this vote is a first of its kind, and if it is passed in Denver, it could be passed in more cities around the United States. But we can only wonder.

Update: Initiative 301, the Denver Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative, was rejected in a final count of 52% no to 48% yes.