California Could Decriminalize Psychedelics

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) says he will introduce a bill to decriminalize psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” and other psychedelic drugs. 

Wiener’s announcement follows the passage of a ballot measure in Oregon allowing access to psilocybin on Nov 3. Oakland also decriminalized psychedelic plants last year, following in the footsteps of Denver, Colorado.

“Any substance can be harmful, so I’m not suggesting that anything is like nirvana,” said Wiener. “But we know that psychedelics can be used safely. We know they appear to have significant medicinal uses.”

The push to legalize psychedelics is beginning to mirror the hard-fought campaign to legalize recreational marijuana. Advocates say psychedelics have a number of medical benefits and that their illegality is a relic of draconian Drug War policy.