A California bill to legalize the possession of certain psychedelics and facilitated use of the substances has passed the Senate.
The legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D) was approved on the floor in a vote of 21-16 on Wednesday and now heads to the Assembly for consideration.
The measure, which is a more narrowly tailored version of a bill that Wiener led last session that passed the Senate but was later abandoned in the Assembly after members watered it down significantly, has advanced under an accelerated process that allowed it to skip some committee consideration this year. It cleared the Appropriations Committee without a hearing earlier this month and was previously approved by the Public Safety Committee in March.
SB 58 would legalize the “possession, preparation, obtaining, transfer, as specified, or transportation of” specific amounts of psilocybin, psilocyn, DMT, ibogaine and mescaline for personal or facilitated use. Notably, “synthetic” psychedelics like LSD and MDMA would not be legalized, unlike the provisions of the previous version of Wiener’s legislation.
Beside personal possession being legalized, the bill would also specifically provide for “group counseling and community-based healing” involving the entheogenic substances.
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