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Denver Passes Historic Psychedelic Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative

Denver just made history.
Today, May 8, the city became the first in the country to decriminalize psilocybin. Unofficial election results show a slight majority of voters approved I-301, which decriminalizes consumption, possession and growth of psychedelic mushrooms. The final returns, which will remain unofficial until certification next week, show that 50.56 percent of voters, or 89,320 people, approved the initiative.
It's a shocking comeback. When results rolled in at 7 p.m. on election day, May 7, the initiative had only garnered 45.43 percent of votes, a painful surprise to attendees of I-301's watch party, many of whom said they felt optimistic about its chances. Local and national media outlets even viewed the margin as insurmountable and declared the initiative dead.
But as the evening wore on, updated results showed the initiative gaining traction.
At 1 a.m., I-301 inched toward victory at 48.33 percent. Supporters were again hopeful; the momentum was on their side, especially considering that the Denver Elections Division still had tens of thousands of votes to count.
Why did it take so long for the supporters to weigh in? Proponents speculated that stoner types, highly likely to vote yes, probably submitted their ballots at the last minute.
Since 1970, the federal government has classified psilocybin, the active ingredient in these mushrooms, as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has high potential for abuse and no known medical use.
I-301 will establish a panel comprising city officials, members of the I-301 campaign and other stakeholders that will look at the effects of decriminilization.
Both Mayor Michael Hancock and his opponent in the mayoral runoff, Jamie Giellis, oppose the initiative. City Council says that barring any major negative outcomes, it isn't likely to try to alter the initiative.


A small step in the right direction.

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