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Denver, Colo. has become the first city in the United States to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms after residents voted in favor of the referendum in a local election on Tuesday.

Details: The passage of Initiative 301 makes hallucinogenic mushrooms the cities lowest law-enforcement priority and prohibits Denver from spending money to impose criminal penalties for personal use or possession for anybody who is 21 or older.

This only affects Denver, and mushrooms remain illegal in the rest of Colorado. Under federal law, mushrooms will continue to be a Schedule I controlled substance. It took city officials until Wednesday afternoon to determine the "yea" vote, with 50.6% of the 176,000 voters voting for the referendum. The final vote total still must still be certified by Denver election officials.

The big picture: A variety of studies have shown psilocybin to have beneficial health impacts including for chronic pain, PTSD, and anxiety.

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The positions of key GOP senators on replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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With President Trump planning to nominate his third Supreme Court justice nominee by next week, key Republican senators are indicating their stance on replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over six weeks out from Election Day.

The big picture: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has vowed that "Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." But Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) told Alaska Public Media, "I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election."

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ActBlue collects a record $91 million in hours after Ginsburg's death

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ActBlue received a record $91.4 million in the 28 hours following Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, the Democratic donation-processing site confirmed to Axios late Saturday.

Why it matters via the New York Times: "The unprecedented outpouring shows the power of a looming Supreme Court confirmation fight to motivate Democratic donors."