California Lawmakers Send Safe Drug Consumption Site Bill To Governor Gavin Newsom’s Desk

California Lawmakers Send Safe Drug Consumption Site Bill To Governor Gavin Newsom’s Desk
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A California bill to create a safe drug consumption site pilot program is heading to the governor’s desk following a Senate vote on Monday. The legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D) previously moved through the chamber before being amended and passed in the Assembly in June. Now the Senate has concurred with the changes in a 21-11 vote, sending it to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). It’s been a years-long journey for SB 57, which was first introduced in December 2020 and first passed the full Senate in April 2021. The legislation would only make it so San Francisco, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and Oakland would be eligible to open the harm reduction centers under an initial volunteer pilot program, lasting through January 1, 2028. The Senate just gave final approval to our bill (SB 57) to authorize safe consumption sites in SF, Oakland & LA. It now heads to the Governor. We’re seeing an escalation in overdose deaths. These sites are a proven strategy to save lives & get folks into treatment. It’s time. — Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) August 1, 2022 “We’re seeing an escalation in overdose deaths,” the senator said following Monday’s Senate vote on the bill. “These sites are a proven strategy to save lives & get folks into treatment. It’s time.” Former Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed similar legislation in 2018. Newson, for his part, has long been an outspoken critic of the war on drugs and, for example, helped to lead the charge to legalize cannabis in the state. If the measure is enacted into law, California would not be the first state to take the bold harm reduction step. The governor of Rhode Island signed a historic bill last year to establish a safe consumption site pilot program. Meanwhile, in California, Wiener is…

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