Denver decriminalizes ’shrooms


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The city and county of Denver voted, by a margin of just over 1 percent, to decriminalize “magic mushrooms” containing psilocybin (after several news outlets falsely reported the measure had lost). 

So how big of a market is there for mushrooms in Denver right now? Probably not huge. Westword reports that only three drug cases filed in Denver between 2016 and 2018 led to charges for psilocybin possession with intent to manufacture or distribute. And last year, just over 4,100 grams of mushrooms were seized by Denver Police, Denver 7 reports. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department seized 154.6 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in 2018. That’s enough to give around 50 150-pound people a profound experience, according to Johns Hopkins University research.

Editor's note: The original headline had "legalizes" but has been update for clarity to "decriminalizes."


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