Denver Psychedelics Activists Push To Expand Psilocybin Decriminalization To Allow Gifting And Communal Use

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Denver activists who successfully led a 2019 campaign to make the city the first in the U.S. to decriminalize psilocybin possession have their eyes set on broader reform, with plans in the works to end the criminalization of noncommercial gifting and communal use of the psychedelic. Kevin Matthews, who spearheaded the 2019 effort and now serves as the founder of Vote Nature, recently shared some details about the forthcoming push to get the City Council to expand decriminalization under a measure tentatively called the 2021 Denver Community Psilocybin Initiative.” In a GoFundMe post seeking contributions to sustain his work on the local reform push, Matthews, who is also president of the city’s official Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel, said the purpose of the proposal will be to ensure that people “have the liberty to gather in private group settings to celebrate and commune with psilocybin mushrooms without worrying about law enforcement intervention.”

Further, activists will be urging legislators to adopt policies requiring first-responder training on psychedelics harm reduction, promoting public education on the responsible use of psilocybin mushrooms, creating a law enforcement and medical database on psilocybin-related interactions for “ongoing public safety monitoring” and diversifying the review panel that oversees Denver’s decriminalization ordinance. “All of these exciting new developments and recommendations are coming off the heels of the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel’s 2021 Comprehensive Report, a 60-page document detailing the impact of decriminalizing psilocybin mushrooms in Denver, which we’ll be presenting in the coming weeks,” he wrote. “Colorado overall is among the worst states in the country in terms of adults experiencing mental health issues,” Matthews told Marijuana Moment. “Psilocybin mushrooms, clearly, have the potential to be a novel solution to these issues. It falls on the shoulders of lawmakers and policymakers to become educated, no…

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