September 22, 2023

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California Legislature Approves Psychedelic Drug Legalization

California Legislature Approves Psychedelic Drug Legalization



 

California Legislature Approves Psychedelic Drug Legalization: Magic Mushrooms and More.

On September 7, 2023, the lower house of the California legislature approved Senate Bill 58 (S.B. 58), signaling a potential legalization of various psychedelic substances, including magic mushrooms.

The final vote count revealed 44 lawmakers in favor, 14 against, with 22 abstentions. Notably, four Republican legislators joined their Democratic counterparts in supporting the bill out of the 13 Republican members of the state assembly.

 

California Legislature Approves Psychedelic Drug Legalization: Magic Mushrooms and More

 

The legislation, originally proposed by State Senator Scott Wiener in 2021, seeks to permit Californians aged 21 and older to ingest, possess, cultivate, or transport small quantities of naturally occurring psychedelic substances. These substances encompass psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, as well as other psychoactive components like DMT (dimethyltryptamine) and mescaline (excluding peyote).

The bill is now awaiting the signature or veto of Governor Gavin Newsom, with a decision expected by October 14th. If signed into law, California would become the third U.S. state to legalize psychedelic drugs. The law, if signed by Newsom, will officially take effect on January 1, 2025.

Oregon and Colorado jurisdictions have already legalized magic mushrooms and other psychedelics, highlighting the growing interest in the therapeutic potential of these substances, particularly for veterans and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Oregon has even issued licenses for psilocybin treatment centers.

Senator Wiener celebrated the legislative victory on the X platform (formerly known as Twitter), stating, “The legislature just passed our psychedelic legalization bill (SB 58). This bill had strong support from veterans, first responders, and healthcare professionals.”

“California’s veterans, first responders, and others struggling with PTSD, depression, and addiction deserve access to these effective plant medicines. We know these substances are not addictive, and they hold immense potential in addressing some of the most complex mental health crises facing our state,” Wiener stated in a press release.

Link to the bill.

California Legislature Approves Psychedelic Drug Legalization: Magic Mushrooms and More

 

 

 

California Legislature Approves Psychedelic Drug Legalization: Magic Mushrooms and More

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