This US City Could Become the First to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

While the fight for marijuana legalization continues, many people are advocating for other drugs to be decriminalized and/or legalized. And it appears that Denver once again may be at the forefront of another drug's legalization.

Denver residents will vote this May on whether or not to decriminalize magic mushrooms. A group called Decriminalize Denver turned in a petition with over 9,000 signatures for a ballot initiative this May that would decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. While some of the signatures could get thrown out, the petition only needed 4,726 signatures, so it's virtually a lock to get on the ballot.

If Denver votes in favor of this initiative, it would become the first city in the United States to decriminalize magic mushrooms. Efforts in California and Oregon previously have failed.

Advocates in favor of the initiative hope that Denver residents will accept magic mushrooms they same way they did marijuana a few years ago.

Many magic mushroom advocates use similar arguments as cannabis advocates to justify decriminalizing the drug. Magic mushrooms can't lead to overdose deaths, and there are several studies showing the medical benefits of psilocybin, particularly for mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression.

So perhaps in a few years when marijuana is fully legal, we'll start talking about the magic mushrooms movement in America.

(h/t Denver7)


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