Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Denver Could Become the First U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

Denver Could Become the First U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

Almost 15 years after it became the first American city to legalize cannabis, Denver went to the polls on Tuesday to decide on decriminalizing hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Decriminalise Denver said: "No-one should go to jail, lose their children, lose their job, and lose their citizen's rights for using a mushroom". But a growing body of medical research shows that psilocybin can treat conditions like anxiety and depression, in cases where drugs now on the market cannot.

Voters could make Denver the first USA city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin - the psychoactive substance in "magic mushrooms". The ordinance, if handed, would additionally bar the metropolis from spending money on prison enforcement for those adults and establish and "psilocybin mushroom protection evaluation panel".

The initiative would effectively decriminalize use or possession of psilocybin by people 21 and older, making it the lowest enforcement priority for police and prosecutors.

It took the pro-psilocybin organizers in Denver three tries to develop language approved by city officials for the ballot. Users describe seeing vivid colors and experiencing powerful emotions.

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"We are decriminalizing mushrooms in Denver because the cure for trauma is connection, and mushrooms are a key", the group said on Facebook. The city, in 2005, became the first city to make the possession of marijuana legal.

The referendum on the ballot in local elections set to produce a result late in the evening would block the city from using its resources to enforce criminal penalties for the use of psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in hallucinogenic mushrooms. But in 2018, researchers from Johns Hopkins University said that psilocybin's "associated harms are low compared to prototypical abused drugs" and that it "may provide therapeutic benefits supporting its development as a new drug". Organizers in OR, meanwhile, are trying to gain enough support to put an initiative to a statewide vote next year.

Organisers collected more than 8,000 signatures to get on the ballot, the third time they had attempted to put the proposal up for a vote.

A study in the Journal of Nature published in 2017 showed 47 percent of patients who have depression which was treatment-resistant who started treatment using psilocybin, exhibited a positive change in their mental health within five weeks.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposes the initiative along with District Attorney Beth McCann, but there has been no organized campaign against decriminalization.

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