No Magic Mushrooms on the Denver Ballot This Year

Ann Marie Awad, writing for Colorado Public Radio:

Denver voters won’t have a chance to “free the spores,” at least not during the 2018 midterms.

The grassroots campaign behind a proposed ballot initiative that would decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms — known by their scientific name psilocybin — ran into a series of hurdles when it came to getting approval from the Denver elections division.

As of this moment ballot language still hasn’t been approved. Kevin Matthews, one of the people behind the Denver Psychoactive Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative said he’s not worried. The group hardly has time to collect the required 5,000 signatures before the city’s mid-August deadline. Instead, now they’re aiming for Denver’s May 2019 ballot.

Earlier this month, I was hopeful that Denver would get its initiative on the November 2018 ballot. Now we know that the earliest it's going to happen is May 2019, which would still be amazing.