Denver Decriminalizes Psilocybin

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For many drug policy reformers, psychedelic substances like psilocybin from certain mushrooms have only just become an issue have they considered important. Other organizations, like MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and this publication, Ladybud, have always advocated for the legalization of psychedelics. In fact, we have examined the number of popular psychedelic substances that would theoretically have great benefit to those with mental health issues.

Now, in a move that is energizing the international policy reform community, voters in Denver have decriminalized small amounts of psilocybin mushroom. On Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 Denver voters approved Initiative 301. It was a tight vote, with the initiative receiving just 50.5% support among voters.

The initiative does not legalize possessing psychedelic mushrooms. Instead, law enforcement should no longer prioritize enforcing their prohibition. Although this law won’t really result in major changes or reforms in Denver, it could be the start of a second wave of drug policy reform now that cannabis reform has gone mainstream.

Denver could soon set an example for other municipalities and even states to follow suit. Like cannabis, psilocybin is difficult, if not impossible, to overdose on. It also potentially provides critical relief to those with severe mental health issues. It is encouraging to know that voters are starting to recognize that the prohibition of psychedelic mushrooms is not rooted in either science or rational and compassionate public policy. We will continue to track different legalization efforts, including those of substances like psilocybin that have significant potential to alleviate human suffering.

Denver could soon set an example for other municipalities and even states to follow suit. Like cannabis, psilocybin is difficult, if not impossible, to overdose on. It also potentially provides critical relief to those with severe mental health issues. It is encouraging to know that voters are starting to recognize that the prohibition of psychedelic mushrooms is not rooted in either science or rational and compassionate public policy. We will continue to track different legalization efforts, including those of substances like psilocybin that have significant potential to alleviate human suffering.

For previous Ladybud articles about psilocybin, click here.