The city of Denver, a leader in the movement to legalize recreational marijuana, could achieve a new first today, as residents vote in a public referendum that would decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms. Psilocybin mushrooms or “magic mushrooms” have been banned by the federal government since 1970 due to their hallucinogenic effects, which have long been used by some cultures for religious purposes, according to The Washington Post. The public referendum to Decriminalize Denver is a first in the U.S., though a similar idea was proposed in California last year but failed to get enough support to make it on the ballot. Supporters argue the substance has many benefits, particularly for people suffering from depression and other mental health issues.
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