Possession of psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and DMT would be legalized in California under a new Senate bill that was introduced on Wednesday. The legislation, filed by Sen. Scott Wiener (D) and three Assembly cosponsors, would additionally provide expungements for people with prior criminal records for possession or use. It would also establish a working group tasked with studying potential future regulatory systems for psychedelics and making recommendations on the issue to lawmakers by January 1, 2024. MDMA, ketamine, mescaline, and ibogaine are among the other substances that would be covered under the proposal, which would also allow for social sharing. The senator’s office said the bill “does not imagine a ‘cannabis model’ or lay a foundation for retail trade in psychedelics” but instead “proposes to end the failed War on Drugs approach to addressing psychedelics while building on the science and research in the psychedelic field to create the potential for a therapeutic framework.
Tom Angell, Marijuana Moment, 02/18/2021 11:00:00