How Denver Decriminalized Magic Mushrooms (HBO)

The total stands at 89,320 votes in favor and 87,341 against, a margin of 1,979.

Denver appears to have become the first city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.

If these results hold up, it would at a bare minimum justify psilocybin's removal from Schedule I, a classification reserved for drugs with "no now accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" and "a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision".

"We're still getting used to pot", he said.

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in ten USA states, including its most-populous, California, while 30 of 50 states allow its use for medical purposes. Hallucinogenic mushrooms remain illegal in Denver and the rest of Colorado, and selling them will still be a felony.

Denver's law enforcement community was not thrilled by the prospect of more readily available hallucinogens.

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Following in the footsteps of marijuana decriminalization in the mid-2000s (and legalization in 2012), possession of magic mushrooms in Denver will now become the lowest possible enforcement priority for police.

"We're still figuring out marijuana, and even though things are going well so far, we're still measuring the impacts on the people of Denver", McCann said.

"It's been one hell of a 21-and-a-half hours", stated Initiative 301 campaign manager Kevin Matthews, per the Denver Post. She said she feared that, if the measure passed, Denver would attract more drug users and mushroom-influenced drivers would create havoc.

But Mr Matthews' group Decriminalise Denver, which was behind the initiative, argued that certain mushrooms "may be helpful in the treatment of cluster headaches, PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] and OCD [Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder]".

For decades, that status has stymied research into medical uses of psilocybin, but small, closely supervised studies in recent years have found that it can help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. He also noted that a large, and rising, percentage of the American populace is taking medication for mental health. Ballots from the military and overseas will also still be accepted, however those are unlikely to tip the balance, The Denver Post reported.

Federally illegal in the US since 1968, psilocybin is categorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under "Schedule I", along with drugs like heroin, marijuana and LSD.

  • Sonia Alvarado