By Thomas Mitchell, Westword on May 24, 2023
Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill designed to implement and regulate psychedelic legalization and decriminalization, with the law taking effect July 1.
Passed just a week before the 2023 session ended, Senate Bill 23-290 puts guidelines on Proposition 122, the landmark psychedelics ballot initiative passed by Colorado voters last November. Although the bill received plenty of attention during its run through the Colorado Legislature, Polis’s office didn’t make a major announcement when the governor signed SB 290 on Tuesday, May 24.
The ballot initiative, dubbed the Natural Medicine Health Act, legalized therapeutic psilocybin and decriminalized the personal cultivation, use and sharing of psilocybin mushrooms and three other natural psychedelics (DMT, ibogaine and mescaline that is not from peyote).
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