Denver Becomes First US City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms
May 12 2019
Denver, a city famous for blazing the trail for marijuana's legalization in municipalities and states all over the nation, has become the first U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.
"We are decriminalizing mushrooms in Denver because the cure for trauma is connection, and mushrooms are a key". The total stands at 89,320 votes in favor and 87,341 against-a margin of 1,979 votes.
The citizen initiative would make the adult possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest law enforcement priority in Denver and prohibit the city from spending resources on enforcing penalties related to psilocybin mushrooms.
"We're still getting used to pot", he said. "My mindset is that it's not a loss, it's a lesson".
Denver decriminalised cannabis in 2005 ahead of the rest of the state of Colorado.
Psilocybin is still illegal on the federal level where it's designated as a schedule one substance. Matthews said they would not have been available in the city's cannabis dispensaries and should still be used carefully. It also calls for the creation of an 11-member psilocybin review panel to report back on the impact on public health and safety.
"We're not talking about legalization, we're talking about not putting people in jail", Sovine said. Recently scientists discovered that their key ingredient, psilocybin, helps treat anxiety in people with cancer and provides a possible "miracle cure" for depression - at least, when "micro-dosing", taking gradual, incremental doses over time.
Proponents of the new law point to studies that say psilocybin is not considered addictive and could be used against depression or opioid addiction, which causes thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year. The FDA describes breakthrough therapy as created to expedite development of a drug after preliminary evidence shows "the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy".
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.
Decriminalization led by a slim 51%, according to preliminary figures on Tuesday's election released by Denver's Election Division. There was no organized opposition.