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Should Magic Mushrooms be Legal?
May 13, 2019 at 02:38 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Last week, Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms.”
  • The ballot initiative, which was written by an advocacy group called Decriminalize Denver, was narrowly voted in with 50.6% of the vote.
  • The initiative does not legalize the substance, but it does decriminalize use or possession by people 21 and older, making it the lowest enforcement priority for police and prosecutors. It also prevents city funds from being used to pursue criminal penalties on possession or use and creates a panel to study the effects of the change.
  • Proponents say their goal with the measure is to keep people out of jail for using the drug to cope with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and other health conditions.
  • Organizers in Oregon and California have been mounting campaigns to introduce similar measures to ballots in those states as well.

Food For Thought

Is Colorado’s decriminalization of magic mushrooms a big deal? Should other states follow suit?

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