California Psilocybin Legalization Activists Request Online Signature Gathering Amid Coronavirus

California Psilocybin Legalization Activists Request Online Signature Gathering Amid Coronavirus

A campaign to legalize psilocybin mushrooms in California is asking the state to allow online signature gathering for their ballot petition, arguing that the coronavirus outbreak necessitates an alternative means to put the psychedelic reform measure before voters in November. Decriminalize California, the group behind the proposed initiative, partnered with two other campaigns in the state to write a letter to the governor, secretary of state and attorney general, requesting the emergency policy change. It’s the latest in a series of similar requests from drug policy reform campaigns across the U.S., with activists scrambling to qualify their measures for state ballots amid the pandemic. The California letter asks that the governor or state legislature “authorize the collection of electronic signatures for statewide initiatives during the current COVID-19 pandemic,” adding that this “request concerns not only our own initiative but all other initiatives actively collecting signatures.” Proponents of the Cannabis Hemp Heritage Act and the California Initiative, Referendum and Recall Act also signed the letter, which lists two main reasons for the request: The first is that in-person signature gathering “poses a significant threat of viral transmission to both signature gatherers and registered voters” and the second is that fears about transmission, business closures and recommendations from public health officials “has made in-person signature collection practically impossible.” Ryan Munevar, campaign manager for the psilocybin campaign, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview that online signature gathering is “pretty much the last step we can take and see what happens,” adding that…

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