California Bill To Legalize Possession Of Psychedelics Clears Second Senate Committee

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A second California Senate committee has approved a bill to legalize possession of a wide range of psychedelics and create a working group to study broader reform. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D), advanced through the Health Committee on a 6-2 vote on Wednesday. This comes one week after the Public Safety Committee approved the proposal. If enacted into law, the bill would remove criminal penalties for possessing or sharing numerous psychedelics—including psilocybin mushrooms, DMT, ibogaine, LSD and MDMA—for adults 21 and older. “The war on drugs has been an abject failure because it is based on the false belief, the false notion, that criminalizing people, arresting them, incarcerating them for possessing, for using drugs, will somehow deter use and improve public safety,” Wiener told colleagues before the vote. “It has done neither.” “Instead we have spent trillions in the last half century on the war on drugs, more people are using drugs now, there’s more addiction, there are more overdoses—I’m talking about drugs generally, not psychedelics. And we have busted taxpayer dollars, and we need to move towards a more health-based approach,” he said. Our legislation decriminalizing possession of psychedelics (#SB519) just passed the Senate Health Committee — its 2nd committee — & now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. We need to end the War on Drugs & we need to allow people to access psychedelics. — Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) April 14, 2021 The measure would also provide for the expungements of prior convictions for offenses that it makes lawful. The state Department of Public Health would be required to establish a working group “to study and make recommendations regarding possible regulatory systems that California could adopt to promote safe and equitable access to certain substances in permitted legal contexts,” according to the bill text.…

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