The Latest: Denver ‘magic mushroom’ initiative is losing


The Latest on a Denver vote to decriminalize magic mushrooms (all times local):
10:55 p.m.

An effort to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” appears to be losing in Denver.

The citizen-led initiative sought to make Denver the first U.S. city where use or possession of psilocybin by people 21 and older was the lowest law enforcement priority.

Unofficial results late Tuesday showed the no votes with a wide margin over the yes votes.

Psilocybin has been federally outlawed since the 1960s, when it was widely known as a recreational drug. The ban stymied medical research but small studies in recent years have found the substance had positive effects on anxiety and depression for cancer patients.

Supporters of the Denver initiative say it’s wrong to jail an adult for using a substance they believe helps with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other conditions.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposes the initiative, along with District Attorney Beth McCann.

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