Colorado Activists Pick One Of Several Psychedelics Reform Initiatives To Pursue For November Ballot

Colorado Activists Pick One Of Several Psychedelics Reform Initiatives To Pursue For November Ballot
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Colorado activists have made a decision: of the four psychedelics reform ballot initiatives that they drafted and filed for the November ballot, they will proceed with a measure to legalize psilocybin, create licensed “healing centers” where people can use the psychedelic for therapeutic purposes and provide a pathway for record sealing for prior convictions. The proposal would also eventually allow regulators to decide whether to legalize DMT, ibogaine and mescaline. The New Approach PAC-backed campaign went into this election season with several options. Colorado officials have given tentative approval to the ballot language of four psychedelics reform measures that they submitted—all titled the Natural Medicine Health Act—but it was always the plan to pursue only one version. Now they’ve requested permission from the state to start signature gathering for Initiative 58. The campaign conducted internal polls on the differing provisions between the proposals to help inform their decision, and evidently advocates are confident that the public will back the measure if it ultimately makes the ballot. Kevin Matthews, the campaign manager behind Denver’s historic 2019 vote to locally decriminalize psilocybin, and Veronica Perez are the designated representatives of these measures. Matthews told Marijuana Moment that the campaign “chose Initiative 58 because it is our most comprehensive policy and it ensures that all Coloradans will have the option to access natural medicines in the way that makes sense for them.” “We’re thrilled to hit the ground running in the next few weeks to engage voters and begin collecting signatures to appear on the ballot in November,” he said. Rick Ridder of RBI Strategies, a spokesperson for the campaign, said that the initiative, once enacted, will help address widespread mental health issues. “Many of us are, or know someone who is, struggling with depression, trauma, addiction, anxiety or other mental health issues. And…

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