Colorado Decriminalized Psychedelics – Now What? – The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The total number of yes answers from Prop 122 increased by over 50% last Tuesday.

Grayson Acri, staff reporter

A vote was called on November 9th Colorado Proposal 122, Decriminalize certain psychedelic compounds and legalize their eventual therapeutic use. With only 53% of the votes, the election initiative will come into force.

Let’s break down what’s changing and why, starting with the changes to implement first.

The decriminalization of five natural psychedelic substances will come before anything else. Psilocybin, psilocin, mescaline (but not peyote), ibogaine and dimethyltryptamine (DMT) are being decriminalized nationwide.

Decriminalization means that possession of a small amount of these substances for personal, religious or other use, provided the possessor is at least 21 years of age, does not result in civil or criminal charges and is not a high priority for law enforcement. However, its sale is still prohibited and anyone under the age of 21 will be charged with a minor drug offense if caught possessing or using it. Cultivation and distribution are more complicated.

Growth is permitted provided “the plants and fungi are maintained in or on the grounds of a private home or residence” and “the plants and fungi are protected from access by persons under the age of 21,” according to the proposal.

Deliberate cultivation of associated fungi and plants outside of a private home in a task-specific facility for consumption does not receive the same protection. In Denver where psilocybin was Decriminalized in 2019, enforcing property laws regarding psilocybin is a lower priority for the Denver Police Department. It’s unclear if this will become a nationwide guide.

Distribution is limited to “the gifting (of the decriminalized psychedelics) for personal use without compensation to one or more persons 21 years of age or older.” Basically, giving away the decriminalized drugs is not illegal, but accepting compensation for it is.

psilocybin and psilocin are compounds found in “magic mushrooms”, with psilocybin being the compound before consumption and psilocin being the metabolized version. They are essentially the same compound and used interchangeably most of the time. Travel can last between four to six hours and sometimes longer, depending on the variety of mushroom.

mescaline is a psychedelic compound found in certain species of cacti in southern Texas, Mexico and South America. Peyote, which is not decriminalized, is one of the cacti that produces mescaline in small button growths from the top. Mescaline and peyote are illegal under federal law, but have an exception for certain Native American rituals. Rides usually last approx 12 hours with a peak after about two hours.

ibogaine is probably the strangest item on this list. It is considered a psychedelic, but its primary use is addiction treatment. There are a few treatment centers in Canada, Mexico, and other countries, but the evidence on the substance’s effectiveness is limited.

Finally there is dimethyltryptamineor DMT. DMT is the strongest of the hallucinogens here, but also the shortest trip that usually ends 30-45 minutes after smoking or injecting. Ayahuasca is a ceremonial use of DMT prepared as a drink, extending its duration to approximately four hours.

All of these five things have one thing in common: they occur naturally in plants. It doesn’t Automatically give them a security pass. They are serious drugs, hence the general Schedule 1 classification. However, it sets them apart from other psychedelics, particularly LSD, which are synthesized in laboratories.

All of these drugs are generally considered non-addictive, which makes sense given how they’re viewed Possible addiction treatments and, depending on the consumption method, are difficult to overdose on.

Their greatest danger lies in mental states. A person with A history of psychosis should stay away from hallucinogens as they can potentially flare up symptoms. Drug interactions with illicit drugs are not formally studied, but the effects of antidepressants and other drugs that affect serotonin levels can be altered by the concomitant use of psychedelics.

It is also important to remember that although these drugs are being decriminalized, they are currently illegal in Colorado and federally, and cannot be legally purchased outside of certain narrow regulations. Decriminalization and legalization are not the same thing.

That covers what is being decriminalized. What is legalized?

Proposal 122 gives the Department of Regulatory Agencies until 2024 to create a legal framework for licensing facilitators and other support staff needed to deliver psychedelic therapies. Specifically, these guidelines only apply to psilocybin and psilocin.

Patients must be at least 21 years old and have a rather small list of conditions to be eligible for therapy, including PTSD, cases of terminal illness, depression (mostly in rare treatment-resistant species), and Seeks.

In 2026, DORA may decide to expand the list of substances available for therapeutic purposes, but is not allowed to do so until then.

How does this new law compare to medical cannabis or even recreational cannabis? The main difference is how patients will use the drug.

Medicinal cannabis is distributed through pharmacies, who sell the product to customers who present them with the appropriate license. It’s more like a pharmacy where you get your medication and take it home to use.

Psychedelic healing centers are more like things like surgery or therapy. You will be examined, do all the prep work and then be given the dosage under the guidance of a therapist who will make sure the journey doesn’t go awry. Under current law, psilocybin is not available to take away, and there are no retail sale options for psilocybin.

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