Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) ratified the state’s voter-approved psilocybin legalization measure this week, making Colorado the latest state to end the prohibition of magic mushrooms and other psychedelics, KDVR reports.
Proposition 122, which voters passed last month with 54% approval, will allow Coloradoans aged 21 or older to grow, forage, possess, consume, and share psilocybin, DMT, ibogaine, and mescaline in the state. The commercial distribution of psychedelics remains prohibited.
Josh Kappel, the co-author and campaign leader for Proposition 122, said the measure “puts the wellbeing of patients and communities first, removing harsh criminal penalties for personal possession and employing a multi-phase implementation process that will allow time to develop an appropriate safety and regulatory structure.”
“Our goals include creating an accessible and balanced facilitator training system, an effective equity program, a first-of-its-kind ESG screen, and safe access to natural psychedelic therapies. In the meantime, adults in Colorado can begin to have more open and honest conversations about these medicines with their doctors. Adults who can benefit from these substances will finally be able to engage in psychedelic therapies without fear of arrest and prosecution.” — Kappel, in a statement via KDVR
Colorado is only the second state to pass a psychedelics decriminalization measure, following in the footsteps of Oregon where voters approved the legalization of medicinal psychedelics in 2020.
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