California Bill To Allow Safe Drug Consumption Site Pilot Program Heads To Assembly Floor Following Committee Vote

California Bill To Allow Safe Drug Consumption Site Pilot Program Heads To Assembly Floor Following Committee Vote
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A California Assembly committee on Wednesday approved a Senate-passed bill that would establish a pilot program to allow certain jurisdictions throughout the state to authorize safe consumption sites where people could use currently illicit drugs in a medically supervised environment. The harm reduction legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D) was first introduced in December 2020 and advanced through the full Senate in April of last year before being transmitted to the Assembly, where it’s since been approved by the Health Committee and has now passed out of the Public Safety Committee in a 5-2 vote on Wednesday. Our bill to authorize safe consumption sites in San Francisco, Los Angeles & Oakland (SB 57) just passed its final committee & now heads to the full Assembly. Safe consumption sites are a proven strategy to reduce overdose deaths & infections & help get people into recovery. — Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) June 1, 2022 The legislation now goes to the Assembly floor, but if approved there it will still need to go back to the Senate for concurrence before potentially heading to the governor’s desk because amendments have been made since the chamber of origin first passed it. Wiener, who has championed several drug policy reform bills in the legislation, including one to legalize possession of psychedelics that’s sat in legislative limbo since clearing the Senate, said on Wednesday that “we are experiencing a crisis of overdose deaths, and these are preventable.” He told committee members ahead of the vote that safe consumption sites “allow people who are already using drugs—often on our streets, on our sidewalks, in front of people’s homes or businesses where people, including children, can see them using drugs” to instead “go inside to a safe and clean space where they can bring the drugs they were already…

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