Denver is famous for being one of the first to legalize cannabis retail sales in 2012. Denver dedicated $12.8 million towards education, $4 million to fix parks and recreational centers, and $8 million per year to support affordable housing with the tax money made from 2014 – 2018 sales.
Now, drug advocates received enough signatures to put psychedelic mushrooms on the ballot. The Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative will ask voters to approve an ordinance that would make possession of the drug, no matter the weight, legal for those 21 and older. They will not legalize retail sales, but you’d be allowed to grow it.
Denver’s Elections Division said to expect this on the May 7 municipal ballot. The ordinance seeks to stop criminal penalties for use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms.
There are some concerns about mass availability. UCLA psychiatry professor Charles Grob says, “If, in fact, it’s ever available on a mass basis, it would be imperative to have a strong education component so people could understand what these compounds are. They should not be treated in a trivial manner.”
Kevin Matthews, director of the initiative campaign, has plans for long-term education and research strategy, including a mayoral panel empowered by the initiative and responsible for reviewing impacts.
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