Ballot Measure 58 Looks to Decriminalize Psychedelics in Colorado

Until 2017, Colorado resident Alan Floyd lived in a never-ending tunnel of depression. More than a decade had passed since his cancer diagnosis in 2006.

He was alive but took 450 mg of opioids daily to keep the pain at bay. That wasn’t working. The pain continued and he was still depressed. Nothing changed.

That’s when Floyd tried something different. Psilocybin, known as magic mushrooms, came into the picture.

Psychlobin, illegal in most states, gave him a new lease on life. He still suffers from immense pain. However, psilocybin eliminated his depression.

As the “poster boy” for Measure 58, Floyd hopes others voting for the measure on November 8 will give people the opportunity to have the same benefits of psilocybin as he did.

The measure, “The Colorado Decriminalization, Regulated Distribution, and Therapy Program for Certain Hallucinogenic Plants and Fungi Initiative,” looks at decriminalizing five drugs, including psilocybin. It will also create a state-regulated therapeutic access model.

“The goal is to make sure the access is really there for people,” Floyd said.

If passed, Colorado would decriminalize five drugs: dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ibogaine, mescaline (excluding peyote), psilocybin, and psilocin, said Kevin Matthews, one of the measure’s co-sponsors. However, decriminalization does not mean legalizing the drugs.

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