Denver May election ballot initiatives

There are two initiatives on May's ballot


There will be two initiatives on the May ballot. The initiatives cover drug legalization, and homeless camping. Below are brief explanations of each.

Denver Right to Survive Initiative

This initiative would give people the right to rest or take shelter in public spaces. It also would allow people to give or share food as long as the location they are in allows food. Right to survive would allow people to stay in legally parked cars.

The initiative allows people to rest, as long as they are doing so in a way that does not obstruct paths, or is creating a hazard. It would be unlawful for city employees, police, or security guards to prevent someone from camping in public spaces if this ordinance were to pass.

Psilocybin Initiative

This initiative would decriminalize the possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms, or psychedelic mushrooms, for people aged 21 and older.

Under this ordinance, the city would no longer use resources to impose penalties on people legally using mushrooms under the ordinance. In addition, the city would create a policy review panel with 11 members by Dec. 31, 2019. The panel would include city council members and residents, as well as an officer from the Denver Police Department and an addiction counselor. The panel would send reports to regular reports and recommendations on how the policy is working.


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