California and Psychedelics: Getting Closer

Over the last few months, I’ve written a few posts about SB-519, a bill introduced by California State Senator Scott Wiener earlier this year that is intended to decriminalize a host of psychedelics – from psilocybin to ketamine to LSD (you can read those posts here, here, and here). SB-519 has passed through the California Senate and is now working its way through the Assembly before (hopefully) passing a floor vote and getting signed into law by Governor Newsom.

When SB-519 was first proposed, I was pretty skeptical that it would have any chance of success given the fact that over the last three years, the California legislature hasn’t even been able to pass a CBD bill despite numerous attempts. But SB-519’s passage through the Senate and some parts of the Assembly seems to indicate that the bill may have a chance at success.

If you haven’t read my prior posts, keep in mind that SB-519 is not a legalization bill but a decriminalization bill, and that may be why it caught any traction in the first place. Legalization is different from decriminalization in the sense that legalization generally leads to a regulated market, whereas decriminalization generally reduces or eliminates penalties

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