Denver Approves Referendum for Decriminalizing Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

A referendum voting on decriminalizing psilocybin (the psychoactive substance in hallucinogenic mushrooms) was approved by the people of Denver on Tuesday.

The difference in votes was small, as according to the Wednesday results, the people voted 50.6 percent of the 176,000 voters voting in favor of the decriminalizing, while 49.4 of the people voted against.

According to a report from The Hill, Initiative 301 will require from the police to arrest people for personal possession or use of the “magic mushrooms’’ the lowest law enforcement priority in the City and Country of Denver. Psilocybin will not be made legal after the measure. Hallucinogenic mushrooms will still be illegal in Denver and the rest of Colorado, and selling them will be considered a felony.

There is still left for the vote to be confirmed and officialized by Denver election officials.

The leader of the “Decriminalize Denver’’ movement which placed the initiative on the ballot, Kevin Matthews, was talking to The Rooster about this, as he said:

“Our victory is a clear signal to the rest of the country that the American people are ready for a larger conversation around psilocybin and drug policy reform in general. We look forward to working with city officials, the people of Denver, and other groups working toward decriminalization.’’

The initiative also establishes a review panel to analyze the public safety, administrative, fiscal and health impacts of the decriminalization of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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