'As previously reported by The Mind Unleashed, activists in Denver have been making an unprecedented push for the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms. Activists proposed a legal measure that would do away with felony charges for people caught in possession of mushrooms; and over the past year they have been collecting signatures to get the measure put on the city’s election ballot.
Activists have managed to gather over 5,000 signatures, which is enough to put the initiative on the ballot in May.
Kevin Matthews, campaign director for Decriminalize Denver, believes that the tides of public opinion are turning against prohibition.
“I think it’s going to be pretty big. There are a lot of people throughout our country that want to see the drug policy laws change around psychedelics and psilocybin in particular,” Matthews said.
Matthews also said that this change in policy “would not increase access at all” but merely prevent average users from being prosecuted.
“There’s a lot of support for this, and now that we’re on the ballot and this is official, we have a real chance here to have this national conversation,” Matthews said.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made a statement saying that he “will not be supporting this ballot measure.”
A 2014 report in The Journal of Psychopharmacology suggested that psilocybin mushrooms could help long-time smokers kick their habit. The report sourced a John Hopkins study, authored by Matthew W. Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.'
Read more: It’s Official: Denver To Vote On Decriminalizing Magic Mushrooms
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