Decriminalization of Psychedelics Moves One Step Further

A bill that would decriminalize use and possession of psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on April 6 by a 4-1 vote. SB 519 is now headed to the Senate Health Committee.

On the same day, the Senate Public Safety Committee approved a separate bill that would allow Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland to operate sites for the supervised consumption of controlled substances like heroin. Both bills were authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

The safe consumption bill, SB 57, would greenlight the pilot sites until Jan. 1, 2027. Drugs used at the sites must be pre-obtained. On-site staff would be trained in the use of opioid antagonists and would provide sterile spaces and supplies for consumption. The purpose of the bill is to reduce overdoses and the spread of disease.