Voters in Denver, Colorado have approved a measure that will decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. This comes after the state of Colorado was one of the first in the nation to decriminalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana.
The measure, which was behind in early returns on election night but edged closer with each new batch of ballots counted, ended up pulling ahead with a 51 percent to 49 percent margin in the final unofficial results posted on Wednesday afternoon.
Its provisions prohibit the city government from using any resources to impose criminal penalties against adults over 21 years of age for personal use and possession of psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms.”
Initiative 301 also specifies that going after people for the mushrooms is the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority” and establishes a review panel to assess and report on the effects of the change by early 2021.
The eventual victory came after several local news organizations projected the measure’s failure.
Freedom has prevailed once again by a thin margin.