Forget legalizing marijuana. The new hotness in political circles appears to be decriminalizing magic mushrooms.
An advocacy group in Denver announced they have submitted nearly 9,500 signatures to place a measure on the ballot in May that would decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in Colorado’s capital. If it passes, Denver would become the first U.S. city in the country to decriminalize them.
Petitions were submitted to the city and county of Denver’s Elections Division on Monday by Decriminalize Denver, so that the measure appear on the upcoming ballot. The division now has 25 days to review the signatures.
“We’re at a unique and pivotal time in our nation’s history,” Decriminalize Denver’s website reads. “An estimated 1 in 6 Americans are taking psychiatric medication, and there is a rampant epidemic of prescription drug abuse across the country. The need for powerful, medically-effective alternatives in addition to traditional pharmaceutical interventions is clear to all.
“The bottom line is that no one should face severe criminal penalties for possessing, using, or cultivating a naturally-occurring substance.”