California Bill To Legalize Psychedelics Possession Put On Pause Until 2022


A California bill to legalize possession of a wide range of psychedelics such as psilocybin and ayahuasca will not advance further this year following a decision by the sponsor that more time is needed to build the case for the reform and solidify its chances of being enacted. The Senate-passed legislation advanced through a second reading on the Assembly floor last week before being re-referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which was set to determine whether it could be cleared for final passage. But it was ultimately decided that the proposal would be made into a two-year bill, meaning it won’t advance to the floor this year but is still technically alive and could be taken up in 2022. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D), previously cleared the full Senate and then moved through the Assembly Public Health and Public Safety Committees. Wiener has spent significant energy building support for the reform proposal as it has moved through the legislature, including by holding a recent rally with military veterans, law enforcement and health officials. But while the senator expressed disappointment that his proposal won’t be enacted this year, he said the extra time will enable supporters to further refine the legislation and generate broader buy-in. He said in a press release Thursday that he’s “heartened that the bill moved as deep into the process as it did and that we have a realistic chance of passing it next year.” 2/ #SB519 advanced deep into the legislative process — honestly, way further than I anticipated, since it’s a new idea in the Legislature. It passed the full Senate & both Assembly policy committees. But we need more time to build support in the Assembly to achieve final passage — Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) August 26, 2021 “Given that this…

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