Measure to decriminalize psychedelics in Colorado “very unlikely” to make November ballot

Measure to decriminalize psychedelics in Colorado “very unlikely” to make November ballot
Denver Post

Coloradans will likely only see one psilocybin-related measure on the November ballot, after a battle between opposing, citizen-led campaigns to either legalize or decriminalize psychedelics appears to be nearing a close. Decriminalize Colorado, a local chapter of a national organization dedicated to drug reform education, was campaigning in support of Initiative 61, which would remove criminal penalties for possession, use and gifting of psychedelics including psilocybin, mescaline, dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and ibogaine – notably without setting up a regulated market for the substances. Organizers had until Monday to collect and turn into the Secretary of State about 125,000 signatures to be included on the general election ballot. While the campaign still plans to turn in its petitions today – which will then undergo verification by the Secretary of State’s office – organizers said they doubted they would have enough signatures. “We don’t have an official count, but we are officially announcing right now that it is very unlikely we will make it on the ballot in 2022, which is disappointing,” said co-proponent Nicole Foerster during a press conference Monday. “We campaigned in reaction to an act that we do not support. We do not support the Natural Medicine Health Act and Initiative 61 was our best bet at trying to voice what people wanted to see.” The Natural Medicine Health Act (Initiative 58) will be on the November ballot and if approved by voters, it will effectively set the stage for a legal mushroom market by tasking state regulators with creating rules around the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transport, sales and purchase of psilocybin and psilocin, the psychoactive compounds in magic mushrooms. The crux of the proposal focuses on making psychedelics available to Coloradans seeking treatment for mental or emotional ailments and lays the groundwork for a new industry around psychedelics in…

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