Denver Could Become 1st U.S. City to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

May 7, 2019


On Tuesday, the citizens of Denver, Colorado, will vote on whether to pass Ordinance 301, which would decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms. Specifically, as CNN notes, the ordinance would "deprioritize, to the greatest extent possible" criminal penalties imposed by the City of Denver "for the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms." Furthermore, while the ordinance stops short of legalizing psychedelic 'shrooms, it would "prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties" on those who have them. On its website, Decriminalize Denver says, "Humans have used these mushrooms for thousands of years for healing, rites of passage, spiritual insight, strengthening community, and raising consciousness." Marijuana, of course, is fully legal in Colorado, a movement set in motion when Denver became the first U.S. city to legalize the possession of small amounts of weed in 2005. "Denver is quickly becoming the illicit drug capital of the world," Jeff Hunt, vice president of public policy for Colorado Christian University, told KMGH.