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Denver could be first city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms

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(CNN) - Voters in Denver may get to decide whether to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.

An advocacy group has collected nearly 9500 signatures to get the measure on the ballot in May.

Federal law classifies mushrooms that contain the chemical psilocybin as schedule one drugs, the same as heroin or LSD.

That designation means they have no medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.

Advocates challenge that notion.

They say mushrooms can reduce stress and are not addictive.

Some researchers agree while others point out psilocybin can trigger psychotic episodes in some people.

If the measure gets on the ballot and passes, it won't legalize mushrooms -- instead, it will reduce possession to the lowest law enforcement priority.

A similar effort to decriminalize “shrooms” is underway in Oregon.

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