Coloradans to vote on the psilocybin structured access model

DENVER – On Thursday, July 22, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced that Proposed initiative No. 58 He qualified for the general elections on November 8.

The Natural Medicine Health Act 2022 It will create a structured access model, create so-called “healing centers” for patients and eliminate criminal penalties for people 21 and older. Individuals under the age of 21 can still be charged with petty drug offenses.

It is one of the Two related anesthetic measures Supporters are trying to enter the November ballot this year.

Natural medicines in analogy are a specific plant or fungal anesthetic, such as mushrooms that contain psilocybin.

Those behind the action claim that Colorado’s approach to mental health has failed, and that the federal government will take years to work. Co-supporters Veronica Lightning Horse Perez and Kevin Matthews believe Colorance should have access to natural medicines now.

“[They are] Designed for people like veterans with PTSD, people who suffer from incurable illnesses and struggle with end-of-life challenges. “Anyone will actually be able to access these services,” Matthews said.

“The way we’ve defined personal use, which we’re getting close to decriminalization, is that individuals will be able to use, possess, grow, store, and even share these natural medicines without facing any kind of criminal ramifications for it.” Perez said.

In 2019, Denver voters decriminalized dope mushroom. Supporters collected signatures for the Natural Medicines Health Act of 2022 this spring.

Shannon Hughes is an associate professor in the College of Social Work at Colorado State University who is researching psilocybin.

“In clinical trials for depression, they found that 60-80% of participants reported an immediate and significant reduction in depression due to end-of-life distress when faced with a terminal illness,” Hughes said of the mushroom’s use. Contains psilocybin.

For patients, natural medicines are given at “healing centers”, but nothing grown by the individual can be sold abroad.

Alan Floyd is a cancer patient who uses psilocybin under the federal Right to Try Act. Floyd said that conventional medicines did not work for him, and some even made him commit suicide. However, he found some solace in psychedelic mushroom capsules.

However, Floyd believes that “everyone should approach legalization very carefully.”

If the measure is passed, the Natural Medicine Advisory Board will be established, with members appointed by January of next year. Qualifications, education and training for Natural Medicines facilitators will be determined by January 2024. Applications from healing centers can be submitted by September 2024.

“The Natural Medicines Advisory Board has a great responsibility here to make sure the program works with all Colorados residents. This advisory board will also report to the state legislature, specifically on the effects of how the Coloradans come to this,” Matthews explained.

Perez added: “We want to make sure that these prices don’t get out of control so that they are not fair. People from different socioeconomic backgrounds cannot use this drug, in this way, through the regulated system because the cost is very high.”

Going even further, the Natural Medicines Advisory Board in June 2026 could recommend expanding the range of natural medicines to include other narcotic medicines.

The exact timeline will be determined by the state, along with the board of directors, during the implementation process.

There is also a retroactive component to the procedure, which means that records can be permanently erased.

Opponents argue that the hallucinogens would become commercialized in a similar way to cannabis in Colorado.

This is going to be very bad for the state of Colorado,” said Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University. “They might start decriminalizing today, but the end game is full marketing. They want the shops on street corners selling psychedelic mushrooms, and they want to make money on it. This In the end it’s about money. This is about making money off the emergence of Coloradan drug addicts.”

However, proponents said they did not want to see recreational dispensaries for natural medicines.

“I don’t want to see drug companies take control of this drug,” Matthews said.

With so many aspects to consider in this one initiative, Coloradans have a lot to consider by November.