Denver, Colorado made history not too long ago when it became the first city to decriminalize the use of certain hallucinogenics, known as “magic mushrooms.” According to the San Fransico Chronicle, the current status of Oakland California could make it the second city in the U.S. to follow the path of Denver, by legalizing the use of magic mushrooms.
50.6 percent of the 176,000 Denver voters approved the referendum, and 49.4 percent voted no.
As stated, Initiative 301 will require police to make arresting people for personal possession or use of psilocybin mushrooms “the lowest law enforcement priority in the City and County of Denver. The measure does not make Pyslicobin legal.
The final meeting will be presented to a full council on June 4th, the resolution only applies to the psychedelics derived from plants or fungi, not synthetic or manufactured drugs like LSD or MDMA.
Noel Gallo, the councilman who first introduced the measure, noted that he hopes the decriminalization of natural substances like psychedelics will aid individuals who suffer from mental health issues.
“We need all the help we can get to deal with the mental health issues that we have,” Gallo announced. “If I can bring it publicly and talk about the benefit and talk about (how it can) deal with the mental illnesses that we have in the city, why not?”
According to multiple reports, similar measures are being discussed across the states of California and Oregan.
Experts note that Its potential indications include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, quitting smoking, alcohol addiction, cocaine addiction, cluster headaches, and cancer-related or other end-of-life psychological discomfort.
Despite the move to decriminalize magic mushrooms, Psilocybin mushrooms remain a Schedule I drug according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, which means they’re classified as possessing “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.