Push to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms in Denver

Psilocybin, magic mushrooms or just shrooms, are getting a push by advocates to have them decriminalized in Denver. Colorado seems to be a pretty open minded state and certainly they benefited financially from the legalization of marijuana which was decriminalized first.

Many Psilocybin advocates argue that it also has medicinal properties similar to marijuana. People claim magic mushrooms help with depression and PTSD as well, and like cannabis should not be listed as a Schedule 1 drug so that more research can be conducted on them.

Gathering at the steps of the Denver City and County building on Wednesday, the group — chanting at times, “free the spores!” — met with city leaders about their push to decriminalize psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms.

Decriminalization would mean reducing the penalty for possession of psilocybin mushrooms. Colorado decriminalized marijuana long before the drug became legal for medicinal or recreational use.

“There’s a lot of research for all sorts of mental health issues. Everything from anxiety to depression to cluster headaches, addiction,” said Williams.

But he doesn’t need the research to prove his claims. He credits their use saved his life a few years ago.

“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.

Licensed professional counselor Kathy Hawkins treats a few number of people, not during their use, but only before and after.

“So, I’m a place where they can come and talk about it. So they can make sure they’re being safe about how they’re using, what they’re using, why they’re using,” said Hawkins.

Psilocybin can have serious psychedelic effects that are much stronger than those caused by THC. Do you agree that magic mushrooms should be decriminalized and that more research should be permitted on them to see if they have genuine medicinal benefits?

read more at thedenverchannel.com

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