Less than a month ago, the city of Denver made headlines by passing a city ordinance to decriminalize hallucinogenic Psilocybin mushrooms. The Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative, or Ordinance 301, was approved by less than 2,000 votes on May 7th and made official May 16th, with a final 50.5% of the vote.
2012 seems like a lifetime ago. However, less than 10-years ago Colorado became one of the first two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. This groundbreaking act that has resulted in a wave of legalization across the United States. It has also turned places like Denver, Colorado into a sort of Mecca for pot advocates around the world. If they could legalize marijuana, are psychoactive mushrooms next?
Legalization of Psilocybin Mushrooms
While the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative doesn’t legalize “Magic” mushrooms, it has prohibited the city from spending city resources on the criminal pursuit of those using or carrying psilocybin mushrooms.
The text of the ordinance officially reads “deprioritize, to the greatest extent possible” criminal charges for “for the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms.”
While not legalized, this is monumental for those who are advocates.
Understanding the Shroom
Shrooms, or Magic Mushrooms are a strain of mushroom species that contain a naturally occurring compound called psilocybin. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance. A popular recreational drug, recent research shows significant support of the mushrooms as a medical solution where synthetic drugs have been less successful.
Take depression, for example. In 2017, a study published in the journal Nature states that 47% of treatment-resistant patients with depression showed positive results within just 5-weeks of treatment with psilocybin.
The outcomes of studies involving psilocybin are so promising that in 2018 John Hopkins University called for the drug to be removed from the list of Schedule 1 substances.
So, what does this mean for the less than humble Shroom?
Despite this not being official magic mushroom legalization, this is a huge step forward. Many advocates for magic mushrooms are saying that they never thought they would see a move like this in their lifetimes. Always on the peripheral of the drug radar, magic mushrooms have never really shared the limelight that other drugs have shared over the years. This move by Colorado could change that. As research continues, this initial ordinance will certainly make headway for the drug and for even more research to happen.
The Legal Stuff
Myco Supply in no way encourages, the taking of, selling of, or growing of psilocybin mushrooms or any other fungi in their polyphyletic group. The growing of, selling of, or taking of any mushroom or fungus falling under the general label of “magic mushroom” is illegal and punishable by law.