Virginia Senate Approves Bill to Lower Scheduling of Magic Mushrooms and Create Advisory Board

A bill that would lower the scheduling of magic mushrooms and create a statewide advisory board for the psychedelic has been passed by Virginia’s full Senate.

Introduced by State Senator Ghazala Hashmi, the measure would establish a statewide psilocybin advisory board and would adjust the psychedelic to be a lower schedule under state law, from Schedule I to Schedule III.

The proposal was passed by the full Senate today in a 25 to 15 vote. It now goes to the House of Delegates. Passage in the House would out it before Governor Glenn Youngkin for consideration.

Senator Hashmi last year filed legislation to fully decriminalize magic mushrooms which failed to advance in the state’s legislature leading them to introduce this more narrow measure.

If the bill is sent to Governor Youngkin, he would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it. If he was to choose the latter the legislature could override the veto with a 2/3 vote.

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