For the First Time, US City Will Vote on Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms
For the First Time, US City Will Vote on Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms by Matt Agorist – The Free Thought Project
Activists have finally collected enough signatures and for the first time, residents will have the change to vote on decriminalizing magic mushrooms.
Nearly seven years ago, Colorado citizens—tired of the war on drugs and wise to the near-limitless benefits of cannabis—made US history by voting to legalize recreational marijuana. Now, this state could once again place themselves on the right side of history as they will vote in May to decriminalize magic mushrooms.
As TFTP reported last year, paving the way for legalization is a group called Denver for Psilocybin and their work has paid off. A similar group, Decriminalize Denver collected over 9,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot which forced legislators into adding it.
“Nationally, Denver and the state of Colorado have represented the first movers in a revised understanding of the potential benefits of naturally-occurring psychoactive medicines,” the group said on its website.
“The Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures and the question will be placed on the May 7, 2019 Municipal Election ballot,” said Joe Szuszwalak of the Denver Elections Division.
If the measure passes, it would make Denver the first city in the country to decriminalize mushrooms. Although decriminalizing is not the same thing as legalizing, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
As the Denver Channel reports, the measure would not legalize the hallucinogenic drug for consumption, but rather, would make its possession a low-enforcement priority for police. It would also prohibit the City and County of Denver from spending resources on imposing criminal penalties on those 21 years of age and older in possession of the drug.
Kevin Matthews, the campaign manager for Decriminalize Denver, told Denver7 last month that ‘shrooms have helped him break his own cycle of depression and sees the drug as a potential treatment for various pain and mental health-related issues.
Indeed, there are mounds of evidence and studies showing the positive benefits of magic mushrooms. Tyler Williams, one of the leaders of Denver for Psilocybin also experienced a similar life changing experience from the mushrooms.
“I had a suicide attempt November 12th of 2015 and I think it helped me get out of my depression, and it’s helped me with my PTSD,” Williams said.
And they are not alone.
As TFTP reported last year, a study, published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology, found that clinically depressed people had increased neural responses to fearful faces one day after a psilocybin-assisted therapy session, which positively predicted positive clinical outcomes.
“Psilocybin-assisted therapy might mitigate depression by increasing emotional connection,”neuroscientist and study author Leor Roseman, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, explained to PsyPost.
This is almost the exact opposite of how standard anti-depressants operate, as SSRI’s typically work by creating an “emotional blunting.”
“[T]his is unlike SSRI antidepressants which are criticized for creating in many people a general emotional blunting,” noted Roseman.
“I believe that psychedelics hold a potential to cure deep psychological wounds, and I believe that by investigating their neuropsychopharmacological mechanism, we can learn to understand this potential,”explained Roseman.
As TFTP previously reported, mushrooms and psychedelics used to be widely accepted as a treatment for many ailments until government moved in to stop the expansion of human consciousness.
In the 1940s, western medicine began realizing the potential for psychedelics to treat addiction and psychiatric disorders. Tens of thousands of people were treated effectively, and psychedelic drugs were on the fast track to becoming mainstream medicine. But the beast of oppression reared its ugly head.