California Bill to Legalize Psychedelics Sent to Governor Newsom, Includes Psilocybin, DMT and Ibogaine

Legislation to legalize certain psychedelic substances has officially been sent to Governor Gavin Newsom for consideration.

Dried psilocybin mushrooms. Photo credit: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

On Wednesday the California Assembly voted 42 to 11 to pass Senate Bill 58, which has already been approved by the Senate. However, a few minor amendments approved in the Assembly required the Senate to give one final vote of concurrence on the measure, which they have now done sending it to Governor Newsom.

The proposed law would legalize the possession, preparation, obtaining, transfer, as specified, or transportation of up to two grams of DMT, 15 grams of ibogaine, two grams of psilocybin (or up to four ounces of “a plant or fungi containing psilocybin”) and two grams of psilocyn (or up to four ounces of “a plant or fungi containing psilocybin”).

SB 58 would 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.”

“We know these substances are not addictive, and they show tremendous promise in treating many of the most intractable conditions driving our nation’s mental health crisis”, said Senator Scott Weiner, the bill’s prime sponsor in the Senate, following Assembly approval. “It’s time to stop criminalizing people who use psychedelics for healing or personal well-being.”

Governor Newsom now has three option; sign the measure into law, allow it to become law without his signature after a 12 day period, or veto it.

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

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