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Colorado Will Decide Whether To Legalize Psychedelics This Tuesday, Here’s What’s On The Ballot


Tuesday mid-terms will give Americans in some states the ability to vote for members of the House of Representatives, Senate, and in 36 states, for governors. In Colorado, voters will decide whether or not to legalize psychedelics.

If passed, Proposal 122, the Natural Medicines Health Act Initiative– would legalize the possession, personal use and donation by adults of a list of psychedelic substances including psilocybin and psilocin mushrooms, mescaline (not derived from peyote), ibogaine and DMT.

If legalized, the Department of State Regulatory Agencies would help establish healing centers offering a psilocybin-assisted therapy program under the guidance of a trained facilitator for adults with mental health issues such as depression and PTSD , without the need for a doctor’s referral.

Proposition 122 allows regulators to add DMT, ibogaine and mescaline at the list of medications to be offered in healing centers from June 1, 2026.

The psilocybin healing centers would open after a newly formed committee decided how the system should be implemented, including rules and regulations after which psychedelic-assisted treatments would be provided. This regulatory process will take place until September 2024, so psilocybin centers will likely not be available until 2025.

Comprised of 15 members experienced in scientific and religious psychedelic medicine, the Natural Medicine Advisory Council would make recommendations on adding substances to the program, after which the Regulatory Agencies Department would decide whether or not to allow them.

Another relevant aspect of the regulation implies that those previously convicted and who have served their sentence will have the option of asking the court to have their case sealed. If the corresponding DAs do not object, the files will be automatically sealed.

Above all, if the measure passes, Colorado would join Oregon where through Measure 109 legalized psilocybin therapy and decriminalized personal use of other substances such as ibogaine and DMT.

Other States Consider Drug Reform Ballot Initiatives. This the list includes Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakotawhose voters will decide to legalize possession and use of marijuana by an adult and setting up a regulated commercial industry.

The current panorama

Interviewed on a TV show debate with opponent Heidi Ganahl in October, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (R) said he was still hesitant on supporting the legalization of psychedelics statewide The November election, a somewhat surprising announcement given his former recognition of the potential of psychedelics and one decision at legalize the therapeutic prescriptions of MDMA once federally approved.

Whereas denver was the first city in Colorado to decriminalize mushrooms, its Mayor Michael Hancock opposes the project to approve this same measure statewide. He said that although the impact has been minimal so far, there is little data on the effects of psychedelics and he said Colorado already has a drug abuse problem.

Some of Prop 122’s critics believe the campaign is moving too fast and could end up producing corporate monopolies, including a growing concern about privacy and surveillance of patients in psychedelic therapy, plus unattainable costs. Others say out-of-state interests shaped the proposal and did not include many Colorado residents, including black and Native Americans, some of whom strongly oppose the measure, which could indicate that they were not sufficiently involved in its development.

On the other handThe ballot measure decriminalizes the personal use of an amount “necessary to share” but does not define it and will most likely leave it to court interpretation, another reason several lawyers oppose the proposal.

As for voters, a recent survey shows that support has increased since September 2022, although the political and generational divide have a significant influence. Undecided voters lean towards the initiative; 43% of Coloradans polled said they supported the ballot, reported Marijuana time.

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