Denver Becomes First City To Approve 'Magic' Mushrooms
Denver Becomes First City to Approve 'Magic' Mushrooms
Breaking news: Denver has become the first US city to approve psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms. Read all about it here!
The decriminalization of mushrooms passed in Denver by a slim 51% on May 9, 2019. More specifically, the public voted to decriminalize psilocybin, which is the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms.”
What does this mean for you? Well, if you don’t live in Denver, then it doesn’t mean much for your day-to-day life.
However, it’s an important large step towards the promotion and widespread use of psychedelics, which is something that has been coming for a long time.
Aside from the ability to access magic mushrooms in Denver, here’s everything else you need to know.
Understanding Magic Mushrooms
Psilocybin mushrooms became illegal in 1968 due to the number of people that were abusing them.
Thanks to all of the hippies in the 1960s, the government decided to ban mushrooms, and in 1970 they were officially banned completely across the entire country.
Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the government considers Psilocybin and psilocin as Schedule I drugs, which is important to know in case you ever come into trouble. Mushrooms themselves are not scheduled nor illegal.
This stifled a lot of research regarding the positive effects mushrooms can have for certain mental and physical ailments.
That is until Denver decided to break the cycle and approve the possession and use of the psychedelic mushrooms. That’s one small step for man, but one giant leap for the health and wellness industry.
The Legality of Psychedelics
Voters headed to the polls in Denver to show their support of the magic mushrooms drug, but not to necessarily promote the “legality” of psychedelics.
Supporters noted that their main goal is to keep people out of jail for using these kinds of drugs to cope with issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.
After the vote, possessing Denver mushrooms will no longer be a crime. The initiative decriminalized the use or possession of psilocybin for people over the age of 21.
However, the law does not permit the sale of mushrooms by cannabis businesses, so it’s not something you’re going to see at dispensaries any time soon.
Following the vote on mushrooms in Denver, Oakland became the second city to approve the substance.
Enjoying the Effects of Mushrooms
Just like cannabis, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms can be therapeutic and beneficial for your health.
While you don’t need to consume as much psilocybin as you might cannabis, you can feel the effects of mushrooms for weeks and months after one dose.
As more and more cities take cues from Denver and Oakland, lawmakers will have to face the facts and appease the public. The public wants freedom.
This means freedom to choose what kinds of substances they consume without fear of getting in legal trouble for doing so.
If you’re a fan of psychedelics and don’t live in Denver or Oakland, then you’ll just have to make do with cannabis in the meantime.
Not sure if cannabis is legal where you live? Check out our state-by-state guide to legal weed.