Denver Votes to Legitimize 'Shrooms

Denver is the first city in the U.S. to effectively legitimize psilocybin mushrooms. By a slim 2,000 vote margin, voters yesterday passed Ordinance 301:

A "yes" vote was a vote in favor of making the adult possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest law enforcement priority in Denver and prohibiting the city from spending resources on enforcing related penalties.


Proponents of more lenient criminal enforcement of psilocybin cite studies indicating that the drug can be beneficial for treating depression and anxiety among cancer patients. Other studies have identified potential uses in therapy for alcoholics and people trying to quit smoking, and in treating depression in people who do not have cancer.

The full text of the iniative is here.

The measure was supported by Colorado's Libertarian Party and Denver's Green Party.

Psilocybin remains illegal under federal law which designates it a Schedule I Controlled Substance. (See page 15 of 17 here)

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    U R awsum (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 08, 2019 at 10:58:08 PM EST

    We are. (none / 0) (#11)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 10, 2019 at 02:48:34 AM EST
    Just don't tell anyone lest they move here.

    That is CraZy... (none / 0) (#2)
    by ScottW714 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 07:42:58 AM EST
    ... the hardest thing about growing mushroom is finding a reliable source of spores...

    Awesome and Wise... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:57:02 AM EST
    Long overdue for our species to rediscover and reaffirm an ancient path to wisdom and mental/medical/spiritual healing that we have ignored and/or demonized to our detriment for too long.

    As rocky a start as we've had to the 21st century, the growing acceptance of cannabis and psychedelics is one of the very bright sides.  Future generations will look back at the 20th century as a very cold cruel dark age in this regard.

    For me, not sure about shrooms being a path (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 11:27:58 AM EST
    to wisdom or healing, but I do know that being outside on a beautiful sunny day skiing down a mountain side after ingesting a couple puts a smile on my face that can't be erased.

    Bravo Denver!


    I'm seriously impressed (none / 0) (#5)
    by CST on Thu May 09, 2019 at 01:47:31 PM EST
    That you can ski on shrooms.  I love skiing and I loved shrooms but I can't imagine combining the two successfully.

    Personally they are my favorite drug I can  never do again because my stomach just can't take it anymore and 6 hours of an amazing day is not worth the 48 hours of puking that follows.


    It's nirvanna for me. (none / 0) (#7)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:39:15 PM EST
    Beautiful day, stunning scenery, locking into the rhythm on the skis.

    Not a huge fan of shrooms after dark, etc.


    I never had stomach issues. (none / 0) (#9)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:43:24 PM EST

    The fact you're not sure... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:38:59 PM EST
    is evidence of your wisdom, my friend.

    "Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong."

    - Terence McKenna (my bold)


    Ha! Maybe so. (none / 0) (#8)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:41:24 PM EST
    I guess that explains why I am convinced (none / 0) (#10)
    by vml68 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 03:05:13 PM EST
    They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong

    that everything I know/believe is right :-). I have never tried your favorite herb or any kind of psychedelic for that matter.
    I am considering buying some CBD oil for my dog. A step in the right direction?!


    In other news (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 07:16:32 PM EST