Denver Could Soon Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Colorado is popular for its laid-back marijuana laws, and could very soon experience a similar trend with Psilocybin mushrooms, which are often called “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms.”

An organization called Colorado for Psilocybin entered a Denver city building to gain the proper signatures for a movement to relieve penalties on the psychedelic drug, according to CPR.

If the change turns out to be successful, felony charges for those possessing the drug will become nonexistent, and Psilocybin will be marked with the lowest enforcement priority for police.

Anyone caught with more than two ounces of dried mushrooms, or two pounds of uncured “wet” mushrooms, would be subject to a citation: less than $99 for the first offense, increased by increments of $100 for subsequent offenses, and never more than $999 per citation.

Tyler Williams is one of the leaders of the movement. He reports pulling strategies from similar movements for marijuana last year. He went on to say “I’m a big believer in cognitive liberty, and so whatever people decide to consume I think is up to them… I think people should be informed about what they are consuming, and they shouldn’t have to be afraid of going to jail for that.”

The young activist believes in the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual power surrounding the drug, which echoes the activity of many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

This would not be the first instance action such as this has been taken, though. Cultivation of the psychedelic is legal in New Mexico. California sought to make a transition away from punishing nonviolent crimes in 2014, and may soon pass a decriminalization measure similar to this one.