The city of Denver is set to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, a move a former drug addict says is opening the city up to demonic activity, just as it does in the life of a drug user.
Final unofficial results posted late in the afternoon Wednesday showed that Initiative 301, a measure which essentially tells police to look the other way regarding adult psilocybin use, is slated to narrowly pass with 50.6 percent of the vote, according the Denver Post.
The outcome will not be known for a few more days as the city waits on military and overseas ballots; the official results will be certified on May 16.
“We’ll see what the final numbers are, but we’re a little stunned to see a 7,000-vote flip overnight on that,” said Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University.
“We’ll continue to fight the growing drug culture. Denver’s becoming the illicit drug capital of the world. The larger issue here is not good for our city.”
The Food and Drug Administration granted psilocybin “breakthrough therapy” designation last fall for its potential to help with treatment-resistant depression, a status that speeds up the development and review process for a medicine containing the substance.
Recreational use of cannabis became legal in Colorado in January of 2014. In 2014, combined recreational and medical sales totaled $683.5 million.
Seattle-area restaurant manager Shannon Twogood, who is the incoming president of the ministry Hope for Addiction and Dependencies (HAD) in Gig Harbor, Washington, believes that the spiritual ramifications that come with the use of potent drugs are often absent in discussions about legalization.
Illicit drug use “will lead you into something that will plague you for the rest of your life although you might find some benefit of health with marijuana, I think it has to be treated so carefully on a case-by-case basis, and when you open that up to just anybody you can see where we did that years ago with opiates and now we have a opioid crisis,” she said in a Thursday phone interview with The Christian Post.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter