Like much of the United States, Colorado is fighting a persistent drug epidemic marked by increasing numbers of drug overdose deaths.
At the stage of "marijuana reform 2.0," the conversation has shifted from just being about legalization to how best to erase marijuana convictions and ensure that people who were arrested for pot benefit from legal markets.
There are seven ballot drop-off locations around the city. Voters have until Tuesday to get their ballots in.
Denver voters could decriminalize the possession and personal use of psilocybin mushrooms if they pass Initiative 301.
Public defenders and criminal justice say drug possession isn’t a crime that warrants a felony charge, which can yield prison time.
District attorneys and other law enforcement officials see a spike in addiction across the state as a major source of the problem.
After running into hurdles ahead of the November 2018 election, the psilocybin decriminalization effort submitted twice the amount of signatures needed to get on the May ballot.
Supporters are short on time to collect the required 5,000 signatures before the mid-August deadline. Instead, they’re aiming for the Denver’s May 2019 ballot.
It’s another blow to the reputation of the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps, which is capable of unleashing hell in the form of Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Westword reporter Chris Walker writes about the history of Denver's underground psychedelic drug operation in the weekly's latest cover story.