Denver might be the first city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms

A petition brought to election officials gained 9,500

Denver might be the first U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms after a petition gained enough signatures to take the issue to voters.

On Monday, Decriminalize Denver delivered a 9,500 signature petition to election officials, who have just 25 days to verify the signatures are legitimate. Only 4,726 signatures need to be valid before they let voters decide whether or not “magic mushrooms” should be decriminalized.

The ballot would take place in May. Unlike decriminalized marijuana, which is legal and available for purchase in the state of Colorado, the use and sale of psychedelic mushrooms would remain prohibited. “We want people kept out of prison, families kept together,” Decriminalize Denver campaign director Kevin Matthews told CNN. “That was the main motivation for this.”

Although activists have frequently asserted that psilocybin usage can help psychological stress and opioid addiction, on a federal level, mushrooms are in the same Schedule I category as heroin and LSD.