Denver Decriminalizes Psychedelic Mushrooms
It is another first for the city of Denver – on Tuesday, voters in Colorado’s capital city approved the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms.
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) May 9, 2019
Initiative 301, which seeks to decriminalize the possession and usage of mushrooms for personal use for those 21 and older, narrowly passed. According to the latest tally from the city’s official site, it received 50.6 percent of the vote with 89,320 votes in favor and 87,341 against.
Psilocybin possession would remain illegal but would become police’s “lowest law-enforcement priority.” It would not legalize psilocybin or permit its sale by Denver’s cannabis businesses.
“This victory in Denver today is a clear signal for the rest of the country that Americans are ready to start talking about psilocybin mushrooms,” said Kevin Matthews, a lead organizer of the campaign.
Mayor Michael Hancock “respects the decision of the voters” and is confident “the Denver Police Department will enforce the law accordingly,” said Theresa Marchetta, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office.
Meetings are now taking place within the city to discuss guidelines that will be given to police officers. The ordinance, which will allow users to grow the mushrooms on their own but not distribute them to others, is set to go in effect May 16.