Denver’s psychedelic mushroom initiative tightens gap with many ballots uncounted |

Denver’s psychedelic mushroom initiative tightens gap with many ballots uncounted

JESSICA SEAMAN | The Denver Post
A vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles on Monday, May 6, 2019. Voters decide this week whether Denver will become the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic substance in "magic mushrooms." (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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Although it picked up votes as the night progressed, a ballot measure that would make Denver the first city in the nation to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms was still trailing as counting continued into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

As of 1 a.m., when elections officials stopped counting for the night, Initiative 301 was behind 48.3 percent, or 68,711 votes, to 51.7 percent, or 73,450 votes. Many ballots cast Tuesday — votes that tend to skew younger — remain to be counted when Denver Elections resumes work Wednesday.

Even if the measure passes, it will remain illegal to buy, sell or possess psilocybin mushrooms. Possession of psychedelics is a felony and can carry a punishment of up to a year in prison and a fine.

However, the initiative, if approved, would decriminalize the drug in Denver by telling police that enforcing laws against the possession of “magic mushrooms” should be their lowest priority. If approved, Denver will create a panel to oversee the effects of the ordinance.

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