Ordinance 301 passes by a tiny margin to decriminalize possession of psilocybin mushrooms
So far, many countries around the world have decriminalized the use of several psychedelic drugs and their substances. The U.S. has only just jumped on that bandwagon after California decriminalized the use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes.
In a recently conducted grassroots ballot in Denver, there seems to have a lead to decriminalizing psilocybin mushrooms which are commonly called psychedelic mushrooms.
Well, the vote wasn’t a unanimous decision, in fact, it was a very divided house that decriminalized the “shrooms”, moreover it barely passed and won by a very small margin.
On Tuesday evening, the very discussed Ordinance 301 looked to have lost in the referendum, however, made a comeback on the very next day.
When the Denver election officials released the final count, it read a slim majority of a mere 50.56% voting in favor of Ordinance 301.
This was contrary to popular belief where it doesn’t legalize the use and consumption of psilocybin mushrooms, but rather merely disallows the city’s law enforcement officials from arresting, detaining or prosecuting adults 21 years or older in possession of these.
It says adults could be growing the fungus for personal use and they would not be prosecuted for it. Similar ordinances are in the process of being proposed or voted upon in multiple other states.
This is a huge milestone in what is looking to become a much larger movement where people are looking for access to psilocybin for its supposed medicinal value which is still rather disputed.
The supporters of the movement say that the fungus is not addictive and that it causes almost negligible visits to the ER in comparison to other illegal substances.
The medical research says:
It can provide breakthroughs in the development of medication for treatment-resistant depression and further help in curbing extreme nicotine addiction.