an Oh Myyy Property

Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms by a narrow margin.

Initiative 301 passed with nearly 51% of the vote on Tuesday's election according to final unofficial results posted by the Denver Elections Division.

Military and overseas ballots are still coming in, but division spokesperson Alton Dillard said their votes would not be enough to sway the decision the other way.

The final results will be announced on May 16.

It is a long overdue decision, given that psilocybin, the psychedelic prodrug compound is not known to be addictive and does not cause compulsive use.

The initiative decriminalizes the use of psilocybin by adults who are 21 or older and should be the absolute lowest priority for law enforcers.

But even if voters approve the new measure, it does not legalize the use or possession of psilocybin, nor its sale by cannabis businesses.

Initiative 301 campaign manager and Denver native Kevin Matthews told the Denver Post that the process has "been one hell of a 21 and a half hours."

"If these results hold, this is an example of the absurd comedy of the great metaphor. Against all odds, we prevailed. This is what happens when a small team of dedicated and passionate people unite under a single idea to create change."

It's time for an update.

Organizers started the mushroom measure as a way to keep people out of jail for using or possessing illegal substances in order to cope with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.

Matthews said he used psilocybin to help with his depression for years.

"This is not something you have to take every day. It provides a lot of lasting benefits, weeks and months after one experience."

However, opponents like Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, are not happy.

The Post reported no known organized opposition campaign, but critics over Denver's previous legalization of marijuana in 2005 see harmful impacts as a result of yet another trailblazing move from the city.

"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 Hunt, who is fearful of the progressive city becoming the "illicit drug capital of the world."

"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."

What about the rest of us?

Oregon is preparing to get psilocybin-related measures on the ballot for 2020, as well as California, after failing to qualify for a vote in 2018.

Some describe the psychedelic drug has hallucinatory effects and can induce a trip that can last three to six hours. This time, that journey won't lead to a cell.

Don't tell mom!

Family secrets are a norm. Who doesn't have them? What's fun is figuring out who is keeping what from who? Normally it's dad trying and failing to keep things form mom. Let's face it, nine times out of ten, dad is the court jester trying pushing the line when mom is not looking. So dad is usually begging the little ones to keep a kabash on the events that transpire in mom's absence.

Keep reading... Show less

Some injuries occur in ways that you wouldn't think would cause an injury, but it sure did. These people reveal the dumbest ways they have been injured.

Keep reading... Show less

It's hard not loving human interaction. You will go to lengths to avoid people. And sometimes, those lengths will be story-worthy...

Keep reading... Show less


A woman contracted to work as a security member for the Greater Rochester International Airport was fired for handing out an insulting note.

Neal Strassner was among the assembly line of passengers walking through the metal detector on a relatively slow morning.

Keep reading... Show less

Parenting is tough enough, but there is a definite gender gap, having kids of the opposite sex. Boys are gross, girls and loud, and everyone can agree that teenagers are usually awful.

Keep reading... Show less

Getting rejected sucks, especially when it's done rudely. These stories are mostly from teenage years, and as you won't be surprised to learn, kids are mean.

Keep reading... Show less