Bill to Legalize Psychedelics Passed by California Senate Committee

Legislation that would legalize the personal possession of certain psychedelics while establishing a system to facilitate their use has been passed by a key senate committee in California.

The California Public Safety Committee voted 3 to 1 today to pass the Senate Bill 58 by Senator Scott Wiener. The bill, which would legalize the personal possession of DMT, ibogaine, psilocybin and psilocyn, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Passage in that committee would allow it to receive a vote by the full Senate.

Specifically the measure would legalize the “possession, preparation, obtaining, transfer, as specified, or transportation” of the above-mentioned substances” for personal or facilitated use”. It would also allow for “group counseling and community-based healing” and would legalize “any spores or mycelium capable of producing mushrooms or other material which contain psilocybin or psilocyn.”

“These are not addictive”, Senator Wiener told the committee. “These are drugs that have significant potential in helping people to navigate and to become healthy who are experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.”

Wierner added that “We know that cities in California and elsewhere have passed resolutions to categorize enforcement of these particular criminal laws as the lowest law enforcement priority. This is an important step and is about making sure that people have access to substances that they need that are not addictive.”

Senate Bill 58 would set possession limits on each substance:

  • 2 grams of psilocybin or psilocyn (or up to four ounces of a plant or fungi containing psilocybin)
  • 2 gram of DMT
  • 15 grams of ibogaine

You can find the full text of Senate Bill 58 here.

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