2019 Denver ballot initiatives: Magic mushrooms, minimum wages, urban camping, the Olympics and the internet

You can make laws if enough people agree with you.

Tents are pitched on the street in defiance of the city's urban camping ban and a sizable blizzard. Dec. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Tents are pitched on the street in defiance of the city's urban camping ban and a sizable blizzard. Dec. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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If you like civic engagement, you should love ballot measures. It turns out you can make laws if enough people agree with you.

As of November 7, 2018, here’s what residents plan to have on the city ballot for May 2019.

🗳️ On the ballot

Repealing the urban camping ban

The Denver Right to Survive Initiative would repeal the urban camping ban. The law currently keeps people (usually without homes) from sleeping under shelter in public, even if just with a blanket. The initiative made the ballot already.

⏳ Waiting to be certified

Higher wages for airport workers

The Denver Airport Minimum Wage Initiative would make $15 the base hourly pay for DIA workers. The Denver Elections Division is working on certifying the signatures.

✍️ Still collecting signatures

Legalizing mushrooms — the psychedelic kind

This is not a hallucination. The Psilocybin Initiative would decriminalize magic mushrooms, or psilocybin for you scientists. Organizers need to collect nearly 5,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.

Blocking public money for the Olympics

Then there’s the one about the Olympics. The Let Denver Vote Initiative would… let Denver vote on whether the city should spend money to host the Games. The vote would get triggered only if politicians decide to spend public resources or incentives on the Olympics. You might say organizers are playing defense. You might.

Internet independence

The Denver Internet Initiative would give Denver the right to create its own internet infrastructure. That ability was taken away by  a 2005 Colorado law that leaves big things like fiber-optic cables go big telecommunications corporations. Supporters of the measure, who are still collecting signatures, believe relying solely on profit-seeking companies for internet risks Denver’s ability to provide the critical service for its residents in the future. Organizers are still collecting signatures.

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