Denver is 1st US city to decriminalize 'magic mushrooms'

Denver votes to decriminalize magic mushrooms in unofficial results

The measure makes the personal use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms by those 21 years of age or older Denver's "lowest law-enforcement priority", according to the measure's language. The margin was remarkably slim, with 89,320 votes in favor of the proposal, and 87,341 against.

Denver on Wednesday became the first U.S. city to decriminalise psychedelic mushrooms, as voters approved a ballot initiative by a razor thin margin. They also remain a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. "At the very least, we've demonstrated that we can get psilocybin legislation on the ballot".

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in ten U.S. states, including its most-populous, California, while 30 of 50 states allow its use for medical purposes.

Beth McCann, Denver District Attorney, was against the initiative but said she supported the formation of a review panel to look at the effects of the drug and how it would impact the city, her spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler told Reuters.

Denver's law enforcement community was not thrilled by the prospect of more readily available hallucinogens.

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But despite that, those 21 years-old and up in Denver will soon be able to have "Magic Mushrooms" without fear of local prosecution.

"We're not talking about legalization, we're talking about not putting people in jail", Sovine said.

For decades, that status has stymied research into medical uses of psilocybin, but small, closely supervised studies in recent years have found that it can help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. The FDA describes breakthrough therapy as created to expedite development of a drug after preliminary evidence shows "the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy". He also noted that a large, and rising, percentage of the American populace is taking medication for mental health.

While research has reported that mushrooms actually help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, with users describing powerful and positive spiritual experiences, the federal government still classifies psilocybin as a Schedule 1 drug, and considers them to have no medical objective with a high potential for abuse. According to The Denver Post, director Jeff Hunt boasted, "Voters took an important step back from embracing yet another illicit drug". There was no organized opposition.

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