Senator Weiner Reintroduces Psychedelic Drug Decriminalization bill

SB 58 waters down previous versions of the bill by only keeping in plant-based psychedelic drugs

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A bill to decriminalize plant-based psychedelic drugs was reintroduced on Monday in a much-watered down version that previous iterations have taken.

According to Senate Bill 58, by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), plant-based and other natural hallucinogens such as  psilocybin (magic mushrooms), dimethyltryptamine (psychedelic drug DMT), ibogaine (psychedelic substance), and mescaline (psychedelic hallucinogen) would be decriminalized, with police being unable to charge those holding the drugs with a criminal penalty and the drug still being across the board illegal for minors.

The bill is a significantly pared down version of SB 519, first introduced in January 2021 by Weiner that would have not only legalized the psychedelics in SB 58, but also would have included synthetic hallucinogens such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ketamine (“dissociative anesthetic”), and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy, molly). However, the bill was amended heavily in 2021 and 2022, removing ketamine and other troubling parts for legislators and oppositions groups, such as law enforcement agencies. Despite the changes, the bill was still gutted in August, removing everything but a single study on the use of the remaining drugs.

However, as promised, Weiner brought the bill back on Monday, stripping it of the more controversial synthetic drugs. Wiener also kept in tact the reasons behind the bill – to end the mass incarceration that occurred during the war on drugs, as well as to increase scientific and medical testing to help those suffering from mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression.

Weiner brings back psychedelic decriminalization bill

“Research from top medical universities shows that these substances can have significant benefits, particularly for treating mental health and substance use disorders, and decriminalizing their personal use is part of the larger movement to end the racist War on Drugs and its failed and destructive policies,” Wiener said in a press release on Monday. “In the past few years, the mental health and addiction crises have worsened. Since the onset of the pandemic, so many people have dealt with unemployment and financial distress, a lack of community and social isolation, and loss of friends or family — anxiety, depression, overdose and suicide rates are up across the country. With many people seeking treatment for these conditions, it’s critical that we look to alternatives to criminalizing and incarcerating people who are using psychedelics to heal.”

“For veterans, many of whom live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), access to psychedelics can be lifesaving. Veterans die by suicide at a rate of 1.5 times the general public. That’s why Veterans Affairs is studying psychedelic therapy, and why so many veterans are advocating for the decriminalization of psychedelics. Psychedelics have tremendous capacity to help people heal, but right now, using them is a criminal offense. These drugs literally save lives and are some of the most promising treatments we have for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addiction.”

Despite Senator Wiener’s advocacy for the decriminalization of the plant-based hallucinogens, as several Californian cities have done, as well as Oregon and Colorado recently passing similar measures, there is still a large segment of opposition against SB 58. While law enforcement groups in large part, others, including medal professionals, also oppose the bill given the significant dangers involved.

“Wiener is trying to make it sound like nothing can go wrong with taking these drugs,” explained former police officer and current drug counselor Marty Ribera to the Globe on Monday. “But he is so wrong. What about the bad trips? What about depression caused by these drugs? What about long-term psychosis? For every success story there are at least 2 others that involve a ruined life. These drugs are illegal, and criminalized, for so many reasons.”

Click here to read the full article in the California Globe

Comments

  1. these communist fascist racist drug-pushing democrats want nothing more than to drag our great country down into the mud with them. They’ve been dumbing-down our educational system and indoctrinating our children for the last 40 years. I thank GOD every day for giving me just enough money to get my kids out of the government schools and put them in a Christian school. Just say NO to their moronic satanic crap.

  2. CA’s LibTard Socialist Government is not only destroying CA, they want to kill off people with this kind of stupidly insane legislation. No surprise that is comes from one of the many morons from SF.

    More Drugs, More Needles, More Crap on the streets, let more criminals out of prison, more crime with no punishment, more free money to the worthless, more…, more…, more useless Socialist BS

  3. More insanity in Sacramento.

  4. The question then becomes one of what is plant based?

    Take a powerful plant based item like the hybrid pot from Asia, distill it down and then sell it. Is it the same item?

    Heroine is a plant based item. It can kill very very easily. Do you want someone riding a bike in the middle of a street stoned on H? Better yet how about that same person in a car on a wrong way street or driving down an off ramp as an on ramp?

    Weiner really is a dangerous piece of work. The issue is they (the State DNC) are using idiots like this to destroy the State and society.

    The Identity Politics Dem’s are intentionally dividing the society and state. It is a travesty.and if you know anything about history all you have to do is look at the Fall of Rome to understand this is the same path. The difference? Simple with our tech. society what took 500 years will happen in decades.

    These people from Slick to Newsom, and Chuckie are drunk on power and are incapable of seeing the truth.

    Why would anyone vote for a Dem. unless it is about stealing money for welfare and a society bent on total social destruction?

  5. Illegal drugs sort of says it all. If a plant can make you high then it is a drug. If a doctor says it is OK go for it.
    Otherwise legalizing escape from reality can kill both you and innocent bystanders.
    Schools should be systematically scaring kids about drugs. Otherwise the dealer at the party will get them.

  6. Apparently Scott is another agent of evil posing as a public servant.

  7. Rico Lagattuta says

    Scott Wiener doth partake of too many plant products! He is just hallucinating.

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