Colorado voters will be asked to legalize magic mushrooms in November

Colorado voters will be asked to legalize magic mushrooms in November
Denver Post

Colorado voters will be asked in November to decide whether or not to legalize psychedelic mushrooms and healing centers where they can be administered to the public. Initiative 58, known as the Natural Medicine Health Act, has qualified for the Nov. 8 general election ballot, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced Thursday. “After reviewing a 5% random sample of the submitted signatures, the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office projected the number of valid signatures to be 138,760, greater than 110% of the total number of signatures required for placement on the ballot,” a statement said. If it passes, the Natural Medicine Health Act would effectively set the stage for a legal mushroom market by tasking Colorado regulators with creating rules around the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transport, sales and purchase of psilocybin and psilocin. These substances would not be for sale at dispensaries or stores, but, rather, at “healing centers” that would be licensed by the state. The goal of the measure, co-proponent Kevin Matthews told The Denver Post last month, is to make mushrooms available to locals 21 and up who are seeking therapeutic treatment. Psilocybin has yielded promising results in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety among the terminally ill and even nicotine addiction in university studies. Because it sets up a new framework for treatment centers, regulators would also define the qualifications, education and training requirements necessary for facilitators who administer the substances. Notably, the measure states municipalities could not ban or prohibit the establishment of healing centers. Additionally, the Natural Medicine Health Act would decriminalize the possession, use and gifting of psilocybin statewide. Related Articles Election | Advocates push for decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms in Boulder Election | Legalize psychedelic mushrooms? Advocates say they have enough signatures to make this November’s ballot Election | Mushroom…

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