Denver Activists Working To Decriminalize Psilocybin

 03/13/2018 9:45 AM MDT
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If the measure succeeds, possession of psilocybin would result in a fine as opposed to a felony charge.

A group of Denver activists want to decriminalize psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” which would replace criminal penalties with a citation.

Colorado Public Radio reported Monday (March 5) that a group of about 20 activists attended a public hearing with Denver officials to discuss phrasing and enforcement of the proposed measure.

Next, they will submit petition materials to the Denver Elections Division, and once approved, can begin collecting signatures to qualify the measure for the fall 2018 ballot.

If it succeeds, the measure would decriminalize the possession of psilocybin. So instead of a felony charge, a person found with two ounces of dried shrooms, or two pounds of uncured “wet” shrooms, must pay a fine of up to $99 for the first offense, CPR explains. If they are caught again, the fine increases by $100 for each subsequent offense, but can go no higher than $999 per citation.