Politics

What decriminalizing [psilocybin mushrooms] actually means

The win also maybe, possibly, clears the way for people to grow shrooms without concern for legal repercussions, but only for their own personal use… “One of the more innovative aspects of… [Initiative 301] is at the point where the supply equals the demand. [When] the consumer is also the producer—that form of production here…

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Anthropology

Things to know as psychedelic access approaches a tipping point

[In some parts of the world], psilocybin is not only decriminalized but fully legal, taxed by the government, and sold in dozens of retail stores across the country. Both [cannabis and psilocybin] have found a path to acceptance through the efforts of medicalization, as mainstream society has shown support for natural substances with demonstrable healing…

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Politics

[Psilocybin] mushrooms win support from Denver voters

The measure made the possession, use or cultivation of the mushrooms by people aged 21 or older the lowest-priority crime for law enforcement in the city of Denver and Denver County. Arrests and prosecutions, already fairly rare, would all but disappear. Voters in Denver, a city at the forefront of the widening national debate over…

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Modern Culture

Denver vote to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms appears to snag last-minute victory

Turns out magic mushrooms really do sneak up on you! An earlier version of this story, citing preliminary results and media reports, stated that Measure 301 failed. In a twist that appears to have surprised most of the national media—and that did not occur until late Wednesday afternoon—Denver’s psilocybin mushroom decriminalization measure appears to have…

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Politics

Denver decriminalizes ‘magic mushrooms’ in historic vote

The initiative… [will] not… [allow] the mushrooms to be sold under Denver’s cannabis businesses. “It’s a signal to the rest of the country that at least here in Denver we are ready to start remove some of these substances off the controlled substances list,” said Kevin Matthews, 33, who organized the decriminalization campaign. “A lot…

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Politics

Denver just voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms

Things looked bad for the initiative late Tuesday, as it trailed behind in the results. But on Wednesday, the final tally came in — and showed Initiative 301 had narrowly won with just less than 51 percent of the vote. Denver will become the first US city to effectively decriminalize mushrooms containing the psychedelic psilocybin,…

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Anthropology

Denver vote count resumes… with a quarter of ballots uncounted

*Gordon, in the foreground, and a white-clad Albert Hoffman hike a rocky trail through the Sierra Mazateca mountains in October 1962. (Courtesy Wasson Collection). The initiative [will] have to take roughly 55 percent of the remaining votes to win. Election Day voters closed the gap Tuesday night, 5/7/2019, making passage more likely than it appeared…

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