Denver Passes Ballot Initiative 301, Becomes First U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

The city of Denver, Colorado has passed Initiative 301, thereby decriminalizing magic mushrooms in the capital of the Centennial State.

The Denver Post reports that the initiative passed with 89,320 Yes votes against 87,341 No votes. Results won’t be certified until May 16, as election officials ares still counting small amounts of overseas and military votes.

Initiative 301 consists of three major points. It will:

  • make the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms by persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority;

  • prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties for the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms by persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older; and,

  • establish the psilocybin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance.

Supporters were thrilled about the news. "This is what happens when a small team of dedicated and passionate people unite under a single idea to create change,” said Initiative 301 campaign manager Kevin Matthews.

Last year, the FDA granted COMPASS Pathways a "breakthrough therapy designation" for their trials exploring psilocybin as a treatment for depression. With stories like this, and similar initiatives expected to be found on 2020 ballots in Oregon and California, it's clear that we'll be hearing much more about magic mushrooms in the months to come.

h/t The Denver Post

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