Everyone knows Colorado was ground-breaking in the legalization and continual decriminalization of marijuana over the last few years, becoming a catalyst for change for the rest of the country. Now with more states legalizing marijuana than not, Colorado’s got a new agenda – legalizing psilocybin, otherwise known as magic mushrooms.
After seeing millions and millions of dollars in tax revenue, lawmakers are turning their heads towards other therapeutic medicines (like mushrooms) that could benefit the state while also heal people. Denver For Psilocybin, a group pushing for the decriminalization of mushrooms, is currently lobbying to gather signatures ultimately putting mushrooms on the ballot in fall of 2018.
The hallucinatory drug is a Schedule I drug, as it has potential medical and therapeutical benefits. Some say that mushrooms have helped them cure mental illnesses like depression and PTSD.
While decriminalization wouldn’t make mushrooms legal, it would make possession of mushrooms a ticketed offense, and not a cause for arrest like it is right now. If the law passes, Colorado will be the first place in the United States to decriminalize mushrooms, proving further that CO is instead the Amsterdam of the US.