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Denver decriminalizes ‘magic mushrooms’ in historic vote

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– DENVER — Voters in the Mile High City have decriminalized “magic mushrooms” by the slimmest of margins, making Denver the country’s first city to de-prioritize enforcement of the hallucinogen. “WE WON!!!!” announced Decriminalize Denver after city elections officials released final preliminary results late Wednesday. The measure, 301, passed with 50.56% in favor to 49.44% opposed, a slim margin that is nevertheless outside the mandatory recount margi..Read more»

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  1. Our.News Fact-Check Investigation by Drew Bankert | Editor, Our.News
     

    This article currently appears in USA Today in its most updated form as news continues to come in from an election in Denver, Colorado on May 7, 2019. Although, a clear majority vote has been reached as of 8:30 p.m. EST, May 8, 2019. The article claims that Denver, Colorado citizens voted to pass a ballot referendum on the decriminalization of “magic mushrooms” containing the hallucinogenic compound, psilocybin, which is currently a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the U.S. federal government. The article also claims that the city of Denver is “the country’s first to de-prioritize enforcement of the hallucinogen.”
     

    (1) The results of Initiated Ordinance 301, Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative on the Denver ballot are accurately described in this story as currently “passed with 50.56% in favor to 49.44% opposed.”
     

    (2) While this result will not legalize the Schedule 1 substance, it is the first city in America to have ever “de-prioritized enforcement” of the substance as the story claims. This means that Denver police will be formally ordered to make enforcement of drug laws against mushroom users their lowest priority.
     

    (3) As this article also clarifies, the official results of the bill will not be certified until “later this month,” or more precisely, May 16.
     

    Explanation of Findings. This story accurately claims that the people of Denver, Colorado have voted to pass an ordinance which decriminalizes psychedelic mushrooms by officially ordering Denver police to de-prioritize the enforcement of the substance. The article also correctly claims that this is “historic” in that Denver will be the first city in the U.S. to do so. There was no political bias, agenda, or spin clearly detected in this piece. We therefore rate this as Real News, No Spin, and Accurate. Click the Ratings icon above to see the current ratings, including public ratings, on this article.
     

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