A referendum in Denver to decriminalize psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” appears to have passed by a narrow margin, according to results from the Denver election website. But the activists who worked to get the issue on the ballot say their fight was the beginning of a larger movement.
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“It starts by forcing the conversation and protecting access,” says Cindy Sovine, a political consultant who worked on the initiative. “Whether you’re using this plant for a medical reason, or a spiritual reason, or a recreational reason, you should not be going to jail or losing your children for it.”
On average, 50 people were arrested in each of the last three years by Denver police for the sale or possession of psilocybin, according to The Washington Post. Eleven of those cases were prosecuted.