What are ‘magic mushrooms’ and why did Denver vote to decriminalise it?

What are ‘magic mushrooms’ and why did Denver vote to decriminalise it?

Denver is poised to become the first city in the nation to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.

The initiative document states that the possession of psychoactive psilocybin mushrooms for those aged 21 and over will become the city's "lowest law-enforcement priority".

The vote referred specifically to psilocybin, the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms which under U.S. federal law belongs to the same group of banned drugs as heroin and LSD.

Similar measures are likely to follow.

The advocacy group Decriminalize Denver submitted petitions to Denver's Election Division back in January in order to get a measure on the city's ballot during its May election that would decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.

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Medical researchers have found the substance can be used to help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

The federal government classifies psilocybin as a Schedule I drugs, with no goal and a higher potential for misuse. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety and to help in treating tobacco, alcohol and opioid addictions, and with alleviating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the organization.

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"Tonight, it was win or learn", Kevin Matthews, the leader of the "Decriminalize Denver" movement, which placed Initiative 301 on the ballot, told USA Today.

Users have described seeing vivid colours and geometric patterns, and experiencing powerful spiritual connections and emotions.

Mushrooms have been used in religious practices for decades due to their effect on experiences that were religious and senses.

Decriminalization led by a slim 51%, according to preliminary figures on Tuesday's election released by Denver's Election Division. The very same consequences have resorted to recreational users.

A California effort to decriminalize psilocybin failed to qualify for the statewide ballot in 2018.

It took the pro-psilocybin organizers at Denver three tries to develop language.

Although the Denver Police Department declined to comment, a spokeswoman for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D), who was leading in his bid for a third term on Tuesday, said he opposed the initiative, and Denver District Attorney Beth McCann (D) also voiced opposition.

The mushroom ordinance also prevents city funds from being used to pursue criminal penalties in use or possession and makes a panel to examine the effects of the change.

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