Skip to comments.California Moves to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs
Posted on 06/30/2021 9:49:04 AM PDT by Right Wing Vegan
On Tuesday, California moved another step closer to decriminalizing psychedelic drugs amid a debate over whether their prohibition is an outdated remnant of the “War on Drugs.”
The bill cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee 5-3, with proponents touting the benefits to military veterans and others they say can benefit from the use of psychedelics to treat trauma. The measure already passed the state Senate on a 21-16 vote and now heads to the health committee before it can go to the full Assembly, NBC Bay Area reports.
If passed, Senate Bill 519 would allow those 21 and older to possess for personal use and non-commercial “social sharing” of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic component of so-called magic mushrooms. It also covers psilocin, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ibogaine, mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, often called ecstasy). In total, there are 23 hallucinogenic substances on the bill.
The bill also includes language to end promotion of abstinence in state drug and alcohol programs.
After successfully navigating through three committees, the bill’s author, Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), is optimistic about the legislature’s chances.
Wiener states he is pushing the measure as a way to expand treatment for mental illnesses and roll back criminal-justice policies that he sees as discriminating against people of color.
During his interview with ABC10, Wiener said the psychedelic drugs are showing “huge potential” in terms of treating mental-health and addiction problems, but these drugs are illegal right now in California because of the “War on Drugs.”
The senator argues that this “war” has been a complete failure. He stressed that the issue of drugs is a health issue, not a criminal one. “It’s time to take a health-based approach to drugs instead of just mass incarcerating people, which just wastes money and does not stop people from using drugs,” Wiener states. “And so let’s stop arresting people for possessing and using these drugs, in this case psychedelics, and then we can talk about other drugs,” Wiener added.
When arguing about the potential therapeutic use of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs, Wiener cited studies by Johns Hopkins University, the University of California, San Francisco, and UCLA that found psychedelic therapies can help where other treatments have failed. Among other things, the senator said research has shown the use of MDMA can help reduce the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The bill is co-sponsored by two veterans’ groups, Heroic Hearts Project and Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, which work to provide veterans with effective mental-health treatments.
However, the drugs’ implications on one’s health, potential of underage use, and threats of overdose have raised serious concerns among other lawmakers.
Republican Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto said he favors anything that helps veterans, but “it has to be done in a clinical setting, it has to be done under the watchful eye of a physician” to make sure there are no ill effects. Under Wiener’s bill, he said, “this will be just like beer, you just go get the 21-year-old to give you the stuff.”
California Narcotics Officers Association legislative director John Lovell stated that even though his organization doesn’t “seek” to put people in jail for drug use, the bill’s allowance of social sharing could lead to more overdoses and fatalities from contaminated drugs, and LSD should be excluded because “it is married to flashbacks” and can result in “a trip people can have for the rest of their lives.”
According to the American Addiction Center, LSD causes changes in the brain’s blood flow and electrical activity, and affects serotonin receptors in the brain. As a result, individuals may have trouble with motor function, suffer from poor judgment and impulse control, engage in behaviors that are out of character, and be a danger to themselves or others.
Like other hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, DMT, or “magic mushrooms,” is thought to produce most of its effects by acting on neural highways in the brain that use the neurotransmitter serotonin. More specifically, DMT affects the brain’s prefrontal cortex, part of the brain that regulates abstract thinking, thought analysis, and plays a key role in mood and perception.
Similarly, MDMA, or ecstasy, mainly affects brain cells that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with each other. Clinical studies suggest that MDMA may increase the risk of long-term, perhaps permanent, problems with memory and learning. The use may lead to long-term neurochemical and brain cell damage. It is also used as a date-rape drug.
Mixing any of those drugs together or taking them with alcohol can amplify the side effects of substances and increase the likelihood of an overdose.
So much for helping the vets!
Even if California makes the bill law, the drugs would still be illegal under federal law.
Hallucinogenic drugs have been approved for use in other states. Oregon voters last year approved decriminalizing small amounts of psychedelics among other drugs, and separately were the first to approve the supervised use of psilocybin in a therapeutic setting.
Oakland and Santa Cruz, California; Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Somerville and Cambridge, Massachusetts, have decriminalized certain natural psychedelics that come from plants and fungi. Denver was the first U.S. city to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms for personal use two years ago.
Just what they need.
Will just speed up the exodus of residents leaving the state.
More drugs = more tents and poop on the street
If they can nullify Federal laws against illegal drugs can other states nullify Federal laws against possession of firearms?
What a long strange bad trip it’s all become.
And more wacked out dependents.
I see it as more Cloward-Piven.
Some people can take drugs and remain fine and productive.
But certainly a good many people who get involved with drugs become less productive and more dependent on government assistance. Therefore, we “need” more Progressive policies to “help” people and we get expanded government. Yay!
I don’t know why they’re doing this. It’s not like California has a problem dumbing down their population enough to keep them voting Dim.
“Wiener states he is pushing the measure as a way to expand treatment for mental illnesses and roll back criminal-justice policies that he sees as discriminating against people of color.”
I wonder if this CongressRat asked any ‘people of color’ if they WANTED more dangerous drugs on the street for their kids to use and sell...
...and how does THAT help discrimination against ‘people of color,’ I’d like to know?
Soon the state will have no absolutes. We’ll have drugs and sex prostitutes running the streets, drag queens teaching sex ed, and communists running universities. What a state (of confusion)
Wiener isn’t in Congress. He’s a state senator here in California.
His most recent victory was getting the age of consent rolled back to 12 for boys so that his pedophile buddies in the Gay Gang don’t go to jail for attacking teenage boys.
Do a search on his name, and buy some Clorox for your eyes when you see him in his bondage gear on the streets of SF.
Keep em stoned. That’s the ticket.
Can you take non-hallucinigenic drugs for Covid if you want to in California? And if not why not?
And more drugs in the air.
A lot of these degenerates add shrooms to their pot, as psychedelics become the new thing promoted by fake science/medicine claims. So now psychedelics will increase in everyone else's air along with the already brain zombifying and mutilating hallucinogen marijuana.
It’s no longer a slippery slope, it’s a sheer cliff.
Forget about the wall on the southern border. We need a wall around California asap.
yeah, Weiner is a disgusting piece of excrement.
It’s even more disgusting that people listen to him.
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