The city of Denver is set to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, a move a former drug addict says is opening the city up to demonic activity, just as it does in the life of a drug user.
Final unofficial results posted late in the afternoon Wednesday showed that Initiative 301, a measure which essentially tells police to look the other way regarding adult psilocybin use, is slated to narrowly pass with 50.6 percent of the vote, according the Denver Post.
The outcome will not be known for a few more days as the city waits on military and overseas ballots; the official results will be certified on May 16.
“We’ll see what the final numbers are, but we’re a little stunned to see a 7,000-vote flip overnight on that,” said Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University.
“We’ll continue to fight the growing drug culture. Denver’s becoming the illicit drug capital of the world. The larger issue here is not good for our city.”
The Food and Drug Administration granted psilocybin “breakthrough therapy” designation last fall for its potential to help with treatment-resistant depression, a status that speeds up the development and review process for a medicine containing the substance.
Recreational use of cannabis became legal in Colorado in January of 2014. In 2014, combined recreational and medical sales totaled $683.5 million.
Seattle-area restaurant manager Shannon Twogood, who is the incoming president of the ministry Hope for Addiction and Dependencies (HAD) in Gig Harbor, Washington, believes that the spiritual ramifications that come with the use of potent drugs are often absent in discussions about legalization.
Illicit drug use "will lead you into something that will plague you for the rest of your life although you might find some benefit of health with marijuana, I think it has to be treated so carefully on a case-by-case basis, and when you open that up to just anybody you can see where we did that years ago with opiates and now we have a opioid crisis," she said in a Thursday phone interview with The Christian Post.
If someone gets hurt or has some condition where they use psychedelic mushrooms to alleviate their symptoms "you're now going to have to lead them down a path of recovery because it is an addictive substance," she explained.
Twogood was first introduced to illegal drugs when she was 13 while in a mental institution and did a variety of them throughout her youth and at times was a dealer. She spent 20 months in jail on a drug charge in 2012-2013. She was not raised in church but heard the Gospel for the first time in prison. Although she received Christ she was yet unaware of the power of the Holy Spirit.
While in a jail cell, soon after she prayed for the Holy Spirit to come and fill her she had a supernatural experience where an angel appeared before her, she was filled with light and all the darkness left her, she recounted. It was around this time she was on her way for another sentencing. She was supposed to serve a 57-month sentence but it was miraculously reduced to 3 months.
"The Lord released me from jail and just set me on fire," she said.
Policies like what will likely be implemented in Colorado may help a few people but it fails to consider the larger picture for the community, and the social ills that are invited in as a result which will require cleaning up later, she stressed, adding that culture cannot open doors for the demonic realm under the guise of "care" for anything.
The Greek word for sorcery in the Bible is "pharmakeia," from which the word pharmacy is derived.
When Twogood learned that, it transformed how she saw drug use, particularly given how occult practices and witchcraft often involve the smoking of illicit substances or using them to make teas and potions that cause hallucination.
She now teaches in prisons and centers for recovering addicts that it is important to understand that they are operating in the courtroom of heaven, that God is the judge and Jesus is our intercessor and advocate. Until the sin of drug use is repented from, the demons are legally allowed to be there through the open door of drug use.
With Denver's move, "they're bringing judgement on all people involved [in the city], even indirectly," she concluded.