Seven years after decriminalizing marijuana, the city of Denver in the state Colorado has passed a ordinance that has effectively legalized psilocybin, the hallucinogenic substance found in over 100 varieties of “magic” mushrooms.
While connoisseurs of magic mushrooms will cite studies that claim they’re the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, some are worried that the new ordinance will lead to more people using the drug and suffering its potential psychological side effects.
But according to a person interviewed by The Christian Post, some aren’t considering the “demonic” ramifications that come with legal shrooms.
The Christian Post, from what I’ve seen, is one of the more reasonable faith publications that mainly publishes news and opinion stories that deal with Christian culture in a variety of ways. But an article published this Monday titled, Denver not considering demonic ramifications when decriminalizing psychedelics, former addict says, has it sounding more like its fringe competitors that drum up stories about the coming Apocalypse and the realm of spirits.
The article interviews Shannon Twogood, who is the incoming president of the Hope for Addiction and Dependencies ministry. According to Twogood, the use of potent drugs has serious “spiritual ramifications.”
While experts widely agree that mushrooms are a non-addictive drug, Twogood told the Post the opposite, saying that opening up mushrooms as a treatment for depression is dangerous because it’s “an addictive substance.” According to Twogood, “culture cannot open doors for the demonic realm under the guise of ‘care’ for anything.”
Twogood, a former drug addict herself, says that her conversion to Christianity in the midst of her getting sober “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,” according to the Post.
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.
Twogood says Denver’s decision is “bringing judgement on all people involved [in the city], even indirectly.”
Bottom line, if you’re ever on shrooms, make sure Twogood isn’t in the room. She’ll give you a bad trip for sure.
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