Coronavirus Delays D.C. Shroom Decriminalization Bid

Fears of the widening outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has led Washington, D.C.’s Board of Elections to postpone the petition circulation drive to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. The board voted 2 to 0 at a meeting last Thursday to delay the circulation of petitions for Initiative 81 at the request of Decriminalize Nature D.C. (DNDC), the group campaigning for the measure. 

“The combination of public fear, lack of testing, and an expanding shutdown of 2020 election activities has made it obvious this isn’t the time to be knocking on doors and engaging DC voters,” said campaign spokesman Seth Rosenberg in a press release. “Now is the time for our campaigners to focus on themselves and their families’ well-being.”

The Board of Elections is now expected to adopt the official circulating petition for Initiative 81 on April 1. DNDC would then have until July 6 to turn in at least 25,000 signatures from registered voters, including at least 5% of voters in five of the city’s eight council districts. The group hopes to collect 35,000 signatures to ensure that the threshold is met.

If the initiative succeeds, the District

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