By: Amber Blacharski

Colorado was one of the first states to spearhead the legalization of recreational cannabis, sparking a revolution across the country. This marijuana movement continues to open the minds of Colorado residents and visitors from other US states and abroad. As the taboo of cannabis consumption topples, the case strengthens for legalization and decriminalization of other substances currently considered Schedule I and federally illegal. You may be asking yourself, what's next for Colorado? How do they top that revolution?

Why, with magic of course. "Magic" mushrooms, that is.

More formally known as Psilocybin Mushrooms, the psychedelic fungus leveled up in legitimacy on May 7th, 2019. That's when Denver, Colorado was the first city and county in US history to vote on deprioritizing and decriminalizing the use and personal possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms, also a federally illegal (Schedule I) substance. The voting resulted in a narrow win with 51% of the vote. So, what did they vote for?

The official ballot question forInitiated Ordinance 301in all its legalese glory: "Shall the voters of the City and County of Denver adopt and ordinance to the Denver Revised Municipal Code that would make the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms by persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority, prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties for the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms by persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older, and establish the psilocybin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance?"

Here’s the question in layman’s terms: "Is the City and County of Denver willing to stop spending money on arresting and punishing magic mushroom-eaters who are at least 21 years old? And also, may we create a panel to start figuring out the magic behind decriminalizing the 'shrooms? Please?"

The approved Initiative 301 is a city ordinance allows persons twenty-one (21) years of age and older to possess and use psilocybin mushrooms without criminal penalties. However, the ordinance does not decriminalize or deprioritize the distribution and sales of psilocybin mushrooms. Which means Psilocybin Mushrooms will maintain it's illegal Schedule I status on both the state and federal level.

So far, only a small body of research on psilocybin mushrooms exists. Activists, that worked to relax the rigid laws for a non-violent crime are basing their advocacy on this real (however scarce) research. Advocates are optimistic decriminalization will enable more research to increase existing evidence corroborating psychedelic mushrooms as non-addictive and safer than cannabis and alcohol. Better yet, the current body of research points to Psilocybin Mushrooms treating depression, addiction, and end-of-life anxiety in controlled, therapeutic environments. Now that Initiative 301 has passed it is a step towards medical legalization, and possibly recreational legalization further into the future.

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