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Disabled veteran pushes for ‘magic mushrooms’ in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A local combat veteran who struggles with PTSD founded an organization to push for the decriminalization of "magic mushrooms" and other natural psychedelics in Colorado Springs.

Anthony Caballero served in the Army for four years and survived blasts from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). As a result, he suffered from traumatic brain injury, and began dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Caballero said he had suicidal thoughts when he returned home. He watched his platoon members go through similar situations and saw doctors prescribe them antidepressants.

"It changed them," Caballero said. "I got to see that firsthand, and I just didn't really enjoy, I guess, the way the military handled it, or the VA."

Caballero went through therapy to help deal with his PTSD, but he said it didn't work. He ended up trying Psilocybin mushrooms, and another psychedelic called DMT, and said it had a profound impact on him. He said his suicidal thoughts began to go away, and it changed his life.

Now, he's pushing for others to have the same opportunity by asking the city of Colorado Springs to decriminalize entheogenic plants, like Psilocybin mushrooms, 5-MeO-DMT, and Ibogaine.

He founded a Colorado Springs chapter of an organization called Decriminalize Nature, and said he is working with members of Colorado Springs City Council to provide them more information about these natural psychedelics. He hopes the Council will pass a resolution at some point that would decriminalize entheogenic plants, and allow professionals to integrate these drugs into therapy practices.

It's important to note that the city of Colorado Springs can be stringent about legal recreational drug use. Unlike the rest of Colorado, the sale of recreational marijuana isn't allowed inside city limits. We reached out to a member of Colorado Springs City Council that Caballero is working with, they said they wanted to get more information about Caballero's proposal before commenting publicly.

For a full report on this push to decriminalize plant-based medicines in Colorado Springs, tune into KRDO NewsChannel 13 at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.

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  1. This stuff is not like MJ, these hallucinogenics are serious stuff that can have much more profound psychological affects both good and bad.

    While there should be support for use under a skilled professional and patient relationship use outside of those circumstances should be discouraged under penalty of law.

    1. This is a LIKE of your comment.
      If it can heal that person, give it to them. Make it a full therapy solution.
      However, I don’t know what a whole city doing ‘shrooms at even a low percent,
      I am not ready for the Acts of Stupid that are BOUND To Occur if they make ‘shrooms recreational.

      1. I agree with both of you. I’m just not sure that there’s a way for the City to allow for medical usage without allowing unrestricted possession, and that would create the “Acts of Stupid” problem. Sounds like a good cause that probably needs some more work before it can be implemented.

      2. An additional agreement to the statements above. I also understand that since Colorado Springs City Council chose to cut their noses off with not accepting the taxes gained through recreational Marijuana. City Council will, more likely than not, choose to do the same with psilocybin, DMT, and Ibogaine. The same unfounded excuse of the military posts will be provided like it was with Marijuana, even though it is treating the PTSD that our military has given to our military personnel.

  2. You can make it legal(decriminalized) in Colorado Springs all you want. It will still be illegal by the State and Federal govt.
    If that does happen then we will have more rift raft homeless showing up just to do shrooms and smoke weed. SMH

    1. Yup, and when the State of Colorado legalized Marijuana back in 2012, the Federal government advised the state’s law enforcement that DEA would not enforce the federal law within our state, with minor conditions that simply do not need to be discussed as they will only muddy the conversation. Also, as has been mentioned if regulated as discussed above your, “rift raft homeless” wouldn’t be receiving this as a potential medical treatment. Are you so afraid of change, for the better or worse, that you will never consider moving at all? It’s like you are so vapor-locked by fear that you will not consider anything but what you are told is the accepted social norm through the ideologies you zealously follow. As a person using the moniker of Viral Thoughts, I would have assumed you represent something different than mainstream.

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