Harris Bricken: California Psychedelic Law Updates

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GRIFFEN THORNE writes.. t’s been a while since I provided an update on the state of California psychedelics law, but there have been a few important updates in the last few weeks, so it’s now that time. Before jumping in, I’ll remind readers that currently, all psychedelics are illegal under federal law unless a person has received an exemption, which is no easy task. Psychedelics are also illegal under California law. A handful of local jurisdictions have decriminalized psychedelics, but this has zero effect on federal, state, or even county law, and to boot may not even change local criminal laws. Generally, these only tell local law enforcement to make enforcement of local laws a low priority. And that hasn’t stopped arrests or enforcement in all cases, even in those cities. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the two statewide efforts to provide access to psychedelics. The first up is SB-519, a bill that would have decriminalized a host of different plant and synthetic psychedelics and really changed penalties and enforcement. If you haven’t read my prior posts, keep in mind that SB-519 is not a legalization bill but a decriminalization bill, and that may be why it caught any traction in the first place. SB-519 made it all the way through the California Senate and pretty far through the California Assembly. Last month, Senator Wiener, the sponsor of the bill, essentially put a pause on the bill until next year. Here’s an explanation for his rationale for doing so that he posted on Twitter around the time. Essentially, the bill needs more support in the Assembly, so Senator Wiener and his co-sponsors will spend some time drumming up that support. What this means is that we won’t have any insight until at least early 2022, and possibly not for about a year. The second effort is…

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