Denver Residents to Vote on Decriminalizing Psilocybin Mushrooms

Denver residents who go to the polls on Tuesday will have an opportunity to vote on the decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms in the city. If the initiative is successful, Denver would become the first city in the United States to pass an ordinance effectively decriminalizing the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The ballot measure, known as I-301, would amend Denver’s municipal code to make possession of psilocybin mushrooms by adults 21 and older the city’s lowest law enforcement priority. It would also prohibit the city from spending public resources to impose criminal penalties on adults for using or possessing mushrooms and establish a city panel to determine the effects of the new ordinance.

Decriminalize Denver, the group campaigning for the passage of I-301, is led by campaign manager Kevin Matthews, who had to leave the U.S. Military Academy at West Point due to major depression. His struggle continued for years, until he tried psilocybin for the first time.

“It was one of the most profound experiences in my life,” he said. “It cleared the fog and lasted for weeks and weeks after. It enabled me to see outside the box of my own depression.”

Although there is no organized opposition to

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