California Now Trying To Decriminalize Psychedelics

( Five years after the state of California legalized cannabis, the California Senate has voted for a bill that would decriminalize the possession and non-commercial sharing of psychedelic drugs for anyone over the age of 21.

This is especially ironic considering that this is the same California legislature that approved a ban on the sale of vaping products which was to go into effect at the beginning of the year. The vaping ban was delayed only after a petition campaign was launched to let voters decide on the ban in November 2022.

Only California politicians would think vaping is bad, but LSD is great!

The psychedelic bill is authored by Democrat Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco. Wiener is the same Senator who wrote the 2017 California law that decriminalizes knowingly infecting others with HIV.

According to Wiener, “The War on Drugs” that locked up countless people on drug charges did not work. Arrests and imprisonments haven’t reduced drug use or addiction, nor has it reduced overdoses. So, according to Wiener, the only solution is to decriminalize drugs.

(Apparently Wiener hopes “The War on Vaping” will be more successful.)

Wiener’s bill would legalize magic mushrooms, Ecstasy and several other hallucinogenic substances. However, it would not permit the sale of such psychedelics at government-sanctioned shops like those currently selling cannabis. Instead, it sets up a framework to allow California to regulate the use of psychedelic drugs in the future.

And no doubt benefit from sales taxes on the products as well.

Scientific research is the justification being used in this effort to decriminalize psychedelic drugs. Research into the potential benefits of their use to treat PTSD, depression and anxiety are becoming mainstream. Though, the bill goes well beyond legalizing the drugs for medical purposes.

Though both the Senate and Assembly are solidly in Democrat hands, there is some division among Democrat legislators on the measure.

In early June, Wiener’s bill cleared the state Senate with the bare minimum of votes necessary. This past week the Assembly Public Safety Committee passed the legislation out of committee and it will now move to the Assembly for a full vote.