This week Denver voters will decide whether to become the first U.S. city to legalize the consumption of “magic mushrooms.”
It is an initiative led by Decriminalize Denver a movement focused on decriminalizing the mushrooms, will appear on municipal election ballots.
This will make the personal use of psilocybin mushrooms and possession by those of legal age or older Denver’s “lowest law-enforcement priority,” as per the measure’s language. Though it would not decriminalize psilocybin or permit the vending by Denver’s cannabis businesses.
“Magic mushroom,” is a “hallucinogenic chemical obtained from certain types of fresh and dried mushrooms.”
Since 1968 it is illegal in the U.S., by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under “Schedule I” the mushroom is labeled along with other drugs like LSD, weed, heroin.
“Schedule I” drug implies these drugs have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
District Attorney Beth McCann and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have publically opposed it. in Denver, McCann’s office handles all criminal charges.