Colorado Activists Collect Tens Of Thousands Of Signatures To Put Psychedelics Reform On Ballot

Colorado Activists Collect Tens Of Thousands Of Signatures To Put Psychedelics Reform On Ballot
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Colorado activists have wasted no time working to place competing initiatives to legalize psychedelics on the state’s November ballot, with one campaign saying that it’s already collected nearly half of the required signatures needed to qualify its measure. Natural Medicine Colorado, a campaign backed by the national New Approach PAC, filed several versions of reform initiatives before deciding on one to pursue in March. It would 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. In just about two months since being approved for petitioning by state officials, the group has made significant progress. “We’ve been collecting signatures for about six weeks and have approximately 40 percent of the 124,632 signatures we need from voters to appear on the ballot this November,” Kevin Matthews, a chief petitioner who previously served as the campaign manager of Denver’s historic 2019 vote to locally decriminalize psilocybin, told Marijuana Moment. “We’re excited to finalize our signature collection in the coming months and hit the ground running this fall to bring regulated access to natural medicine for Colorado,” he said. Here’s what the Natural Medicine Health Act initiative would accomplish:  Possession, use, cultivation and sharing of psilocybin would be legalized for adults 21 and older, without an explicit possession limit. There would be a two-tiered reform model, where only psilocybin would be permitted for non-commercial adult use until June 2026. After that point, the measure would eventually allow regulators to decide whether to also legalize DMT, ibogaine and mescaline. The decision to add additional substances to the program would be made by the Department of Regulatory Agencies in consultation with a new 15-member Natural Medicine Advisory Board that includes people who have experience with psychedelic medicine in a scientific…

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