Senator Scott Wiener of California has filed a measure to legalize the possession of a number of psychedelics. This comes after his office announced earlier this week that Wiener would be introducing the revised bill again in 2023.
The revised bill will revoke state law that prohibits any mycelium or spores capable of producing mushrooms that contain psilocin or psilocybin. Psilocybin and psilocin are two of the major psychoactive components found in magic mushrooms. The ban on drug paraphernalia imposed on the substances mentioned in the state of California will also be repealed under the revised bill.
During a phone interview earlier this week, Wiener stated that psychedelic decriminalization wasn’t controversial to the public because psychedelics helped people. He also noted that the time had come to end the criminalization of these substances, and he gave examples of states that had made great strides in psychedelic reform, including Oregon, which legalized the use of psilocybin therapy.
Before the senator withdrew the resolution from consideration after some of its primary provisions were removed by a Third Assembly panel, it had received approval from the Senate. This was in addition to clearing a pair of assembly committees.
The revised reform measure will legalize the preparation, possession, transfer, transportation and obtaining of certain amounts of psilocybin, DMT, psilocin, mescaline and ibogaine for facilitated or personal use. Under the measure, individuals will be allowed to possess up to 15 grams of ibogaine, 2 grams of DMT, no more than 4 ounces of psilocybin and 2 grams of psilocin.
However, psychedelics such as MDMA and LSD will not be legalized under the bill, unlike in the previous version of the initiative. This change has been made to align the measure more closely with many of the local psychedelic decriminalization initiatives that have been enacted in various cities across the country these last few years.
The new version of Wiener’s bill also excludes peyote from the list of substances to be legalized. This is in response to concerns raised by indigenous groups and various advocates on the risks of overusing and overharvesting this cactus. Peyote is normally used in religious ceremonies by the Native American Church. The cactus, which contains psychoactive components, is native to Mexico and the southwestern region of Texas.
In addition, the new legislation does not include a provision that would mandate research to look into future reforms. Wiener explained that this was because several studies on the issue had been conducted, adding that some were still ongoing. In fact, entities such as Field Trip Health Ltd. (OTC: FTHWF) (TSX: FTHW) are conducting studies that could enrich our understanding of various psychedelic compounds.
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