Denver Is Now The First U.S. City To Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms
In a close 50.56% in-favor vote of Ordinance 301, the people of Denver have decriminalized “magic” mushrooms also known as psilocybin mushrooms often used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic chemical that exists in certain types of mushrooms.
While a person still cannot legally sell them (it is still a felony) or distribute psilocybin mushrooms as the mushrooms remain a schedule 1 drug at state and national levels, personal use or possession will not be prosecuted for those 21 and older in Denver and Denver County. The law could be in effect as early as 2020. Final results of the campaign will be known on May 16. However, (for now at least) these mushrooms will not be sold in dispensaries unlike recreational and medical marijuana.
Regardless, this is a big celebration for magic mushrooms users who find them to be beneficial for their health, or their emotional, mental, and spiritual growth.
While federal Schedule 1 drug category is considered to have no accepted medicinal use, the medicinal potential for magic mushrooms is huge.
Also known as psychedelic mushrooms, they are non-addictive, safe with no direct way to overdose, and provide major health benefits according to recent research. The FDA has even granted “breakthrough status” to study psilocybin for depression, and the data has shown “substantial improvement over available therapy.” Other research showed potential for nicotine and alcohol addictions, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and even cancer.
“Our victory today is a clear signal to the rest of the country that Americans are ready for a conversation around psilocybin,” told the Director of the Denver campaign Kevin Matthew to NPR.
Decriminalizing drugs has shown great results on Portugal. People who needed help have been able to receive it instead of being fearful of being arrested. If no arrests can be made for personal magic mushroom use in Denver, it will open the opportunity for those who need it for their own reasons to take the mushrooms safely.
“Given the scientific and public support for decriminalizing all drugs, as Portugal has done successfully, we need broader reforms that can scale back the mass criminalization of people who use drugs,” told Colorado State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance Art Way to The Washington Post.
Many are hoping that Denver’s victory will start a movement that will spread across the country and eventually legalize magic mushrooms on the federal level as well.
Recently a lawmaker in Iowa proposed to remove psychedelic mushrooms from that state’s list of controlled substances. Similar campaigns are being prepared in Oregon and California for the 2020 elections.