By Associated Press
(AP) — Denver, one of the first American cities to legalize and embrace recreational marijuana, will let its citizens vote in May whether to decriminalize “magic mushrooms” (shrooms) containing the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin.
On Friday, Denver7 News reported city elections officials determined that proponents gathered enough valid petition signatures to put the proposal on the May 7 municipal election ballot.
If it passes, it’s believed Denver would be the first U.S. city to decriminalize the drug. However, it would still be illegal under federal law.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) currently classifies psilocybin in the same category as heroin, LSD and marijuana.
Researchers are finding that psilocybin has therapeutic uses for treating anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and more.
In 2016, a randomized double-blind trial found that “psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer.”