California Bill To Legalize Possession Of Psychedelics Clears Another Hurdle But Faces Key Challenge Next Week

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A Senate-passed bill to legalize possession of certain psychedelics in California cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday—but it faces another critical challenge in the Assembly next week that could decide its fate. After passing the Senate earlier this year, the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D) has moved through two Assembly committees so far. It advanced through a second reading on the chamber’s floor on Monday and was re-referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Now advocates are focusing on what happens on August 26, when the measure is expected to be considered by the panel during a “suspense hearing.” It passed there, it will be eligible for third reading passage on the floor. If it clears the full Assembly then, it would need to go back to the Senate for concurrence on recent amendments by September 10 in order to reach the governor’s desk this year. If that doesn’t happen, it could remain floor eligible but wouldn’t be acted upon until January at the earliest. The worst case scenario for advocates is if the bill is “held on suspense” in Appropriations next week, which means it’s effectively dead. Wiener has spent significant energy building support for the reform proposal as it has moved through the full Senate and two Assembly committees, including by holding a recent rally with military veterans, law enforcement and health officials. SB 519 would remove criminal penalties for possessing numerous psychedelics—including psilocybin mushrooms, DMT, ibogaine, LSD and MDMA—for adults 21 and older. As a result of changes approved by the latest panel last month, the bill includes language laying out the limits for what is an allowable personal possession amount for each substance. That’s led Decriminalize Nature (DN), a group that’s worked to enact psychedelics reform across the country, to call for the tabling of the legislation…

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