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Legalizing Magic Mushrooms Has Signatures for Denver Ballot

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By    |   Monday, 07 January 2019 04:59 PM

A campaign to decriminalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms says it has rounded up enough signatures to appear on the Denver municipal ballot in May, 9News reported Monday.

The elections office has 25 days to verify the campaign has collected at least 4,729 valid signatures needed to make the May ballot.  

"This is a chance for Denver and Colorado to be an example for the rest of the country," Denver for Psilocybin campaign director Kevin Matthews said.

He said the language in the measure is based off a 2007 initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession in Denver. That was a precursor to the 2012 legalization of recreational cannabis use and distribution, the first time it had happened in the United States.

"We're not talking about a regulatory framework, we're not talking about a recreational framework at all," Matthews said.

The Denver for Psilocybin campaign cites studies touting the medical benefits of magic mushrooms, specifically the drug has been known to help those experiencing a decline in mental health.

The FDA currently classifies psychedelic mushrooms as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for substances it says has no medicinal value, and is the same category as heroin and cocaine.

California tried a similar ballot initiative that failed last year, according to The Hill.

Oregon is attempting one of its own ballot initiatives for next year.

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Enough signatures were rounded up in a campaign to decriminalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms, which might lead to it appearing on the Denver municipal ballot in May, according to a report.
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Monday, 07 January 2019 04:59 PM
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