[REGIONAL NEWS] Denver may become the first US city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms

The city’s voters are now deciding whether to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms

Psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms.
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By German Lopez | Vox

Denver is now voting on whether it should become the first US city to effectively decriminalize mushrooms containing the psychedelic psilocybin — also known as magic mushrooms.

Initiative 301 would designate “the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms” among people 21 and older as Denver’s lowest possible law enforcement priority, and prohibit the city from spending resources to pursue criminal penalties related to the use or possession of psilocybin mushrooms among people 21 and older.

It would also “establish the psilocybin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance.”

The initiative would not legalize magic mushrooms; they’d remain illegal under state and federal law. And it wouldn’t decriminalize or deprioritize the production, distribution, and sales of psilocybin mushrooms — all of that could still be pursued by police.

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