An initiative that would legalize psilocybin mushrooms in Denver has received approval from city election officials to begin gathering signatures. Proponents of the measure hope to obtain enough signatures to qualify the measure for the May 2019 ballot.
Kevin Matthews, the campaign manager for Denver for Psilocybin, said the action by the Denver Elections Division is a historic achievement in drug policy reform.
“This is a landmark moment for Denver, for Colorado, and for the country. We have an opportunity here to make some real impact and change in people’s lives,” Matthews said.
If the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative passes, it would make the possession, use, and propagation of psilocybin mushrooms for adults 21 and older the “city’s lowest law-enforcement priority.” The measure also will “prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties” on those who possess or cultivate psilocybin mushrooms for personal use. The measure also creates a city “psilocybin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance.”
Denver for Psilocybin submitted the initiative to city officials for review on September 10. After certification by the city, the initiative was sent to the Denver Elections Division on October 2. On October 5