Bipartisan group of 30 leaders opposes Colorado’s ‘magic mushroom’ ballot measure

The Colorado Gazette reports

A bipartisan group of 30 current and former elected officials have banded together to speak out against Proposition 122, the “natural medicine” ballot measure seeking to decriminalize the hallucinogenic compounds found in certain strains of mushrooms.

Under Proposition 122, so-called “magic mushrooms” — more specifically the hallucinogenic compounds psilocybin and psilocin — would become legally accessible to individuals 21 years or older and administered mostly at state licensed healing centers, under rules to be promulgated by the state Department of Regulatory Agencies.

The measure would also allow growing mushrooms for personal use and consuming them without legal penalty. A home grower, under the measure, could also give away the product to those 21 years of age or older so long as it’s not being sold. In the home, the measure would require plants or fungi to be kept secure from those under 21 years of age.

Signatories for the letter from the elected officials released Thursday include former Gov. Bill Owens; Attorney General Phil Weiser and his Republican opponent, John Kellner, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District; former AG and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman; eight current members of the Colorado House and Senate and from both parties; three former U.S. attorneys; the current district attorneys for Boulder, Fort Collins, Adams and Broomfield counties; and a variety of local elected officials.

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