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A new front opens up: psychoactive mushroom decriminalization in Denver

It’s a new front in the crucial struggle to roll back the horror that is psychedelic prohibition. 

There are now two fronts open. First, there is the laborious, time-intensive and money-intensive pathway to obtaining the federal government’s approval of psychedelic substances for marketing in interstate commerce (i.e. demonstrating to the satisfaction of the FDA that they are “safe” and “effective” for treating some particular medical condition.) MAPS and clinical researchers in numerous locations are fighting that good fight. Meanwhile, the Denver initiative opens the second front: it engages local government in a manner similar to the movement to legalize needle exchange in the 1980s, the current movement to legalize supervised injection facilities and the movement to make cannabis arrests the lowest law enforcement priority of local government, the latter of which provides the model for the two versions of the current initiative. These two efforts should be complementary: forcing open a public conversation at the local level should put into context the uphill battle MAPS has fought for more than 30 years and increase policymakers to facilitate – if not prioritize and even sponsor – research.

Original Article (Psychedelic Law Blog):
A new front opens up: psychoactive mushroom decriminalization in Denver
Artwork Fair Use: Einar Einarsson Kvaran

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