Although it has been a while since my update regarding the California laws on psychedelics There have been important updates in recent weeks so now is the right time to update.
Before I jump in I would like to remind you that all psychedelics are prohibited under federal law, unless someone has received an exemption . The same is true for psychedelics under California law. Some local jurisdictions have made psychedelics illegal, but it has no impact on federal, state , or county law and may not even change local laws on criminality. They simply inform local law enforcement agencies to reduce local law enforcement to a less important aspect. However, this hasn’t stopped enforcement or arrests in all cases, not even in those cities.
With this put aside, let’s talk about the two state-wide efforts to provide access to psychedelics. The first one is SB-519, a bill that would have decriminalized a host of different synthetic and plant psychedelics and really changed penalties and the way they are enforced. If you’ve not read my previous posts, keep in mind that SB-519 is not an amendment to the law, but rather a decriminalization bill which is probably the reason it caught any interest in the first place.
SB-519 made it all way through the California Senate and, surprisingly, through the California Assembly. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Wiener put an end to the bill’s progress in the month of June. Here’s an explanation of his reasoning behind making this decision, which he posted on Twitter around the time. The bill requires more support from Congress, and Senator Wiener will be spending time promoting support for the bill with his co-sponsors. This means that we won’t get any information until at least early 2022, and possibly not for a whole year.
The California Psilocybin Initiative 2022 is the second attempt. It aims to legalize psilocybin in California with fewer restrictions than the state-legal cannabis. The California Attorney General was given the CPI by Decriminalize California some time ago. Marijuana Moment has announced this week that the California Attorney General has moved the initiative one step closer towards being included on the ballot in 2022.
Decriminalize California must collect more than 600,000. signatures from the state to get CPI onto the ballot. According to the Marijuana Moment article, they already have more than 3,000 volunteers to do just that. It remains to be seen whether they can gather enough signatures and they’re facing a difficult battle in a state that is known to have a more conservative vote than people think — Proposition. 64 was passed with less than 60% support at all.
It’s not entirely clear what the future is for California law on psychedelics, however, it seems like the state is moving towards decriminalization or even legalization. One thing you can certainly be certain of is that we will continue to blog about this. Keep checking the Canna Law blog.