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DA drops felony drug charge against Denver’s mushroom rabbi, citing voter legalization of psilocybin

Ben Gorelick, founder of a psilocybin-using religious group called The Sacred Tribe, was arrested in February
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Posted at 10:22 PM, Dec 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-09 00:22:36-05

The Denver District Attorney’s Office on Thursday dismissed a felony drug case against a rabbi charged with manufacturing psilocybin, citing the voter-approved Proposition 122, which legalized psychedelics, including psilocybin, for medicinal use.

At an arraignment hearing, a representative of the Denver District Attorney’s Office said the case was being dismissed against Ben Gorelick “in the interest of justice.” Carolyn Tyler, a spokesperson for the DA’s office, said the dismissal came about “in light of the voters’ decision” on Proposition 122.

Gorelick was arrested in February after police raided a warehouse in north Denver where he was growing more than 30 different types of psychedelic mushrooms. He had been charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.

The case against a chemist who was arrested during the January raid also was dismissed Thursday, Tyler said.

Gorelick is the founder of The Sacred Tribe, a Denver-based religious group that used psilocybin ceremoniously until the police raid last winter. Several members of the group were in the courtroom Thursday and celebrated when the dismissal was announced.

Read the full story from our partners at The Denver Post.