Why the DEA Went After a Small-Time Mushroom Dealer in Denver

“The young man with a tent full of psychedelic mushrooms in his closet isn’t worried about the cops.”

So reads the opening line of a Denver Post article, published in late August 2019, just three months after the city of Denver decriminalized psilocybin mushrooms in a historic ballot initiative vote. With the ballot initiative passing by just 50.56 percent, Denver became the first city in the United States to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. The article described the cultivation methods and business mindset of an anonymous mushroom dealer they described simply as “the cultivator.”