Mile High City Forges New Laws for Psilocybin
“It’s the first time in the history of this country that a Schedule I psychedelic has been decriminalized.” says Dr. Charles Grob, a UCLA psychiatrist who has researched hallucinogens for more than 30 years.
Denver voters are living up to their libertarian leanings by passing an ordinance decriminalizing hallucinogenic magic mushrooms. Late Wednesday the city of Denver released what it called the “final unofficial results” showing the measure passing by a razor-thin vote margin of 50.56% to 49.44%. The results will be certified on the 16th of May 2019.
Although the opponents could pay for a recount, potentially delaying implementation, the campaign director Kevin Matthews, said the measure had already proven to be a victory. The group collected more than 9000 signatures to place the question before voters.
While these changes don't permit the sale or purchase of the mushrooms, it establishes a task force to examine the impact of decriminalization over the next several years. Measure 301 will focus
Effectively, this is a spore in the right kind of culture. Denver will create the template for the rest of the world on how to contain the use of psilocybin so it doesn't have any fallout.
"A lot of people who signed our petition said they are tired of seeing people going to jail over what they choose to put in their body." Matthews said.
He believes that legalising the use of psilocybin may help those with mental health and addiction problems.
The federal government classified psilocybin as a Schedule 1 controlled substance since 1970 making it illegal for university research as well as possession.