The effects also appealed to recreational users, whose 1960s "hippie" culture continues to dog researchers seeking funding for medical work on psilocybin and other substances. "The psychedelic mushroom folks are following the same playbook that marijuana did".
The federal government classifies psilocybin mushrooms as a Schedule 1 drug, making their possession, sale, or distribution illegal nationwide.
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Adoption of the measure could signal fledgling public acceptance of a mind-altering drug, outlawed nationally for almost 50 years, that recent research suggests could have beneficial medical uses.More news: Fortnite Season 9 Cinematic Trailer
Proponents of more lenient criminal enforcement of psilocybin cite studies indicating that the drug can be beneficial for treating depression and anxiety among cancer patients.
Supporters of the legislation say "magic mushrooms" can benefit people with mental illness; critics say the measure would have a negative effect on Denver's reputation.
Psilocybin, often referred to as "magic mushrooms", is a "hallucinogenic chemical obtained from certain types of fresh and dried mushrooms". Users have described seeing vivid colours and geometric patterns, and experiencing powerful spiritual connections and emotions.More news: Measles Outbreak 2019: New York State Driving Force Behind Record Outbreak
If passed, the ordinance wouldn't legalize mushrooms - but instead would "prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties" for possession, according to the text.
It took the pro-psilocybin organizers in Denver three tries to develop language approved by city officials for the ballot. "Psilocybin therapy looks like it is a new paradigm in the treatment of psychiatric disorders", said Matthew Wayne Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, NBC News reported.
Before the vote Denver's district attorney Beth McCann said that, although she was against the motion, if it passed she would support the formation of a review panel to study the effects of the drug. McCann notes that very few people have ever been charged with possession of the mushrooms, and so the proposal is seeking to fix something that isn't broken. Organizers in OR, meanwhile, are trying to gain enough support to put an initiative to a statewide vote next year. Voters in California, Colorado and OR all have voted in favor of broadly allowing marijuana use in recent years, both for medical and personal use.More news: Samsung introduces an ultra-high resolution 64MP image sensor for smartphones