Colorado’s cities and counties are pushing for local control over the state’s psilocybin industry. Despite a ballot measure that explicitly prohibits local opt-outs, municipal and county leaders are intent on inserting as much local control as they can into whatever psychedelics-related legislation emerges at the state House this spring.

The refrain at the Colorado Municipal League’s annual legislative workshop in Denver in February was clear: regulate mushrooms like marijuana.

“Colorado has established a precedent with marijuana that allows Colorado communities to choose whether, and to what degree, they want to allow controlled substances in their communities,” league executive director Kevin Bommer said.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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