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It’s official: Psychedelic mushrooms are on a trip to Denver’s 2019 election ballot

ANDREW KENNEY | The Denver Post

The measure would not allow people to buy or sell “magic” mushrooms, which contain the drug psilocybin. In fact, they would remain illegal under local, state and federal law.

Denver voters will decide this year whether to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. Organizers collected more than 5,000 valid signatures, enough to put the initiative on the municipal ballot this May.

"I think it's going to be pretty big," said Kevin Matthews, campaign director for Decriminalize Denver. "There are a lot of people throughout our country that want to see the drug policy laws change around psychedelics and psilocybin in particular."

He said the change "would not increase access at all."

The measure would not allow people to buy or sell "magic" mushrooms, which contain the drug psilocybin. In fact, they would remain illegal under local, state and federal law.

But it would make possession of the fungus the "lowest law-enforcement priority" for Denver police, and it would prohibit the city from spending public money to impose related criminal penalties. It would only apply to people over 21 years old.

Read the full story via The Denver Post.