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Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Denver psilocybin advocates just got one step closer to decriminalizing psilocybin across the city. On October 5, the Denver Elections Division accepted the initiative, which would decriminalize personal use, possession and growth of the drug in Denver, and it now moves on to the signature-collecting stage of the process.
If it passes, the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative would make personal use, possession and propagation of psilocybin mushrooms for adults 21 and over the "city's lowest law-enforcement priority. It would also establish the "psiloycbin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance," which would be similar to an already-existing panel for marijuana and would include eleven members, two of whom would hail from Denver City Council.
The group first announced its plans to push a psilocybin initiative back in March; it was aiming to get the measure on the municipal ballot next month. Advocates patched up those two issues for the latest initiative. Now it will be up to Denver voters to decide if they want to decriminalize psilocybin, as they did with marijuana in After the September 10 submission of the initiative for review, organizers received certification from the city to submit their initiative to the Denver Elections Division, which they did on October 2.
On October 5, they got the go-ahead to begin signature-gathering. Signature-gatherers will have forms ready for prospective signers explaining the medical benefits and offering clinical information about psilocybin. The Denver initiative focuses on psilocybin mushrooms, which it defines as "fungal matter containing psilocybin, psilocin, baeocystin, or nor-baeocystin.
The federal government currently classifies psilocybin, the psychedelic compound that occurs naturally in certain mushrooms, as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no "accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," according to the Drug Enforcement Administration website.
But scientific opinion about psilocybin is not so clear-cut. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls.
Clinical trials involving Schedule I drugs, including psilocybin, require special licenses before they are allowed to move forward. Currently, the only way to legally consume psilocybin in Colorado is through the Right to Try Billwhich allows doctors to prescribe psilocybin-based treatments for terminally ill patients after all other treatment options have been exhausted.
The initiative cites links between experience with psilocybin and decreased risk of opioid abuse. It also cites the Journal of Psychopharmacology to show the links between psilocybin use and a range of other societal benefits, such as lower crime rates and reduced psychological stress. With a major hurdle finally cleared, Matthews and Denver for Psilocybin believe the proposal will get on the ballot.
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Conor McCormick-Cavanagh is a staff writer at Westwordwhere he covers a range of beats, including local politics, immigration and homelessness. He previously worked as a journalist in Tunisia and loves to talk New York sports.A measure to decriminalize hallucinogenic magic mushrooms appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, with voters apparently deciding it was too bold even for Denver, a famously libertarian city. That was a blow to supporters who had spent months touting the therapeutic properties of the naturally occurring mushrooms which contain the drug psilocybin, saying they were effective in treating anxiety, depression and drug addiction.
This Colorado city declined to allow pot sales. Some of those claims are backed up by researchers who are also quick to note that psilocybin is a powerful drug that should be taken only under strict supervision.
Critics said psilocybin mushrooms were primarily used recreationally, not for medicinal purposes.
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The measure, they said, was simply the first step toward legalizing and eventually commercializing a powerful drug. The ordinance, the first of its kind put to a vote in the nation, would have essentially prohibited local authorities from enforcing criminal penalties for possession of psilocybin mushrooms for personal use.
California failed to get a similar measure on the ballot last year, while activists in Oregon hope to put the issue to a statewide vote in Denver has been a pioneer in drug legalization.
It decriminalized marijuana inseven years before the state of Colorado became the first state to legalize it. That failed after being declared illegal by state and federal authorities. But when the first results came in showing the initiative trailing, a collective groan rose from the crowded room. Still, those interviewed expressed optimism that the public will eventually embrace magic mushrooms, as it did with marijuana.
Kevin Matthews, the activist behind the measure, said if the ordinance fails, they would try again. It just means we have more work to do. Either way, the conversation will go on. Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Body camera footage of George Floyd arrest goes on public view today — by appointment.
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Statue of Black protester replaces toppled U. An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol once occupied by the toppled statue of a slave trader. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store.In a last-minute surprise, it appears this city has lived up to its libertarian leanings and passed an ordinance decriminalizing hallucinogenic magic mushrooms, the first measure of its kind in the nation.
The results will be certified May This is the unofficial, official victory. The ordinance would essentially prohibit local authorities from enforcing criminal penalties for possession of psilocybin mushrooms for personal use.
California failed to get a similar measure on the ballot last year. Activists in Oregon hope to put the issue to a statewide vote in There are moves in Iowa and other states to do the same.
Denver has been a pioneer in drug legalization.
That failed after being declared illegal by state and federal authorities. Driving a vehicle would be ill-advised. He failed to get the majority needed to win another term outright, so he faces a runoff with Jamie Giellis, who also opposed it.
Denver measure to decriminalize magic mushrooms appears headed for defeat
What we will do is what we have always done — educate people. Much as they did for marijuana, advocates have spent months touting the potential medical benefits of psilocybin mushrooms to win public acceptance for a drug known more for its recreational use.News reports lead DEA to alleged mushroom dealer in Denver
Matthews credits psilocybin mushrooms with helping him overcome a crippling depression. Others say they have helped them overcome anxiety, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In October, the Food and Drug Administration gave a go-ahead to a London-based company, Compass Pathways, to test psilocybin in people with treatment-resistant depression.
Justin, who asked that his last name not be used, suffers from bipolar disorder. Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Body camera footage of George Floyd arrest goes on public view today — by appointment. Video from the body cameras of two officers charged in the death of George Floyd is being made available for public viewing. Statue of Black protester replaces toppled U.
An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol once occupied by the toppled statue of a slave trader. Hot Property. About Us.Denver is poised to become the first city in the nation to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. After closing an early vote deficit Tuesday night and early Wednesday, final unofficial results posted late in the afternoon showed a reversal of fortune — with Initiative set to pass narrowly with The total stands at 89, votes in favor and 87, against, a margin of 1, The Denver Elections Division will continue accepting military and overseas ballots, but typically those numbers are small.
Results will be certified May Against all odds, we prevailed. This is what happens when a small team of dedicated and passionate people unite under a single idea to create change. We have your answers. While efforts are afoot to get psilocybin-related measures on the ballot in Oregon and California inDenver hosted the first-ever U.
An earlier effort in California last year failed to qualify for the ballot. The larger issue here is not good for our city.
Supporters extolled emerging research showing potential health benefits with psychedelic mushrooms. The measure likely was put over the top by younger voters, who tend to cast their ballots closer to or on Election Day, even though all registered voters receive their ballots in the mail about three weeks earlier.
Last fall, the U. As written, I directs police via ordinance to treat enforcement of laws against possession of psilocybin mushrooms as their lowest priority. It also bars the use of city resources or money to impose criminal penalties. Psychedelic mushrooms still would remain illegal to buy, sell or possess, with the latter crime a felony that carries a potential punishment of up to a year in prison and a fine.
But Initiative backers hope to lower the risk users face of getting caught with mushrooms. Past marijuana efforts are instructive, though. Initiative requires the city to create a panel to monitor the effects and implementation of the ordinance. Some national media outlets as well as the Centennial Institute wrongly called I a bust late Tuesday, based on the early results. But the gap tightened throughout the night.
Wednesday, when Denver Elections put out its last release before pausing counting for the night, the measure still was losing by 3. Membership Newsletters Obituaries. By Jon Murray jmurray denverpost. Peter Dejong, The Associated Press. More in Denver Politics. A list of hundreds of potential new names for Denver's Stapleton neighborhood, which currently carries the name of a former mayor who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, has been whittled down to nine finalists. Denver Motor Vehicles branches closed early due to the heat as hundreds were being forced to wait in long lines outside for service.But by p.
If the initiative was approved, psilocybin would still remain illegal under both Colorado and federal law. The U. Drug Enforcement Administration classifies the drug as a Schedule 1 substance, meaning the agency has deemed that it has a high potential for abuse with no accepted medical application. Decriminalize Denver, the group behind the ballot question, said psilocybin has a wide range of medical benefits.
It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety and to help in treating tobacco, alcohol and opioid addictions, and with alleviating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder PTSDaccording to the organization.
But if the measure were approved, she supported formation of a review panel under the initiative to study the effects of the drug and the impact the ordinance would have on Denver, spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler said. Mayor Michael Hancock, who is running for re-election, has told the Denver Post that he opposes the mushroom question.
Denver residents first voted to decriminalize marijuana possession inyears before Colorado voters ultimately approved its legalization statewide for recreational purposes, establishing a full regulatory framework to license retail outlets and collect sales taxes on cannabis products.
Discover Thomson Reuters. Directory of sites. United States. Health News. Keith Coffman.Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Today, May 8, the city became the first in the country to decriminalize psilocybin. Unofficial election results show a slight majority of voters approved I, which decriminalizes consumption, possession and growth of psychedelic mushrooms.
It's a shocking comeback. When results rolled in at 7 p. Local and national media outlets viewed the margin as insurmountable and declared the initiative dead.
May 8, I was still inching toward victory, with results showing the initiative had Supporters were again hopeful; the momentum was on their side, especially considering that the Denver Elections Division still had tens of thousands of votes to count.
Why did it take so long for the supporters to weigh in? Proponents speculated that stoner types, highly likely to vote yes, probably submitted their ballots at the last minute.
Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls. Sincethe federal government has classified psilocybin, the active ingredient in these mushrooms, as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has high potential for abuse and no known medical use.
Of the 9, drug cases filed in Denver between andonly eleven involved psilocybin, and only three led to charges for possession with intent to manufacture or distribute. Those numbers are minuscule compared to the cases filed for LSD and 3, for cocaine over the same period. And between andthe Denver Police Department arrested just over fifty people per year for psilocybin-related offenses. Both Mayor Michael Hancock and his opponent in the mayoral runoffJamie Giellis, had opposed the initiative.
Organizers collected more than 5, valid signatures, enough to put the initiative on the municipal ballot this May. In fact, they would remain illegal under local, state and federal law. It would only apply to people over 21 years old. Supporters of decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms point to studies of their safety and say they can reduce stress and opioid use, among other arguments. But other bids to decriminalize mushrooms have fallen short. Decriminalization is far from legalization, but it can be an early step.
However, the city continued to enforce laws on marijuana, according to Mason Tvert, who worked on the marijuana decriminalization campaign. But he believes the measures set the stage for marijuana legalization. No organization has yet reported raising money to oppose the measure. Membership Newsletters Obituaries. More in Denver Politics. A list of hundreds of potential new names for Denver's Stapleton neighborhood, which currently carries the name of a former mayor who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, has been whittled down to nine finalists.
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