DA drops felony drug charge against Denver’s mushroom rabbi, citing voter legalization of psilocybin

DA drops felony drug charge against Denver’s mushroom rabbi, citing voter legalization of psilocybin
Denver Post

The Denver District Attorney’s Office on Thursday dismissed a felony drug case against a rabbi charged with manufacturing psilocybin, citing the voter-approved Proposition 122, which legalized psychedelics, including psilocybin, for medicinal use. At an arraignment hearing, a representative of the Denver District Attorney’s Office said the case was being dismissed against Ben Gorelick “in the interest of justice.” Carolyn Tyler, a spokesperson for the DA’s office, said the dismissal came about “in light of the voters’ decision” on Proposition 122. RELATED: Mushroom rabbi grows ceremonial psilocybin for Denver congregation — but is that legal? Gorelick was arrested in February after police raided a warehouse in north Denver where he was growing more than 30 different types of psychedelic mushrooms. He had been charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. The case against a chemist who was arrested during the January raid also was dismissed Thursday, Tyler said. Gorelick is the founder of The Sacred Tribe, a Denver-based religious group that used psilocybin ceremoniously until the police raid last winter. Several members of the group were in the courtroom Thursday and celebrated when the dismissal was announced. “I don’t know what everything got dismissed on or for,” Gorelick told The Denver Post. “At this point in time, what I can tell you is I’m very, very, very grateful to the DA’s office for dropping the case. It’s been a long year for the community, it’s been a long year for us, and we look forward to getting back to practicing our religion, which is what the whole point of this is.” Andy Cross, The Denver PostRabbi Ben Gorelick, measures out a precise amount of sacrament, psilocybin mushrooms, during The Sacred Tribe's ceremony on Nov. 6, 2021.Andy Cross, The Denver PostRabbi Ben Gorelick, right,…

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