Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced this week that he would be moving forward this year with a bill to decriminalize multiple psychedelic drugs and giving his odds of getting it passed at 50/50.
Senator Wiener authored Senate Bill 519 last February, to decriminalize possession of psychedelic drugs such as dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ibogaine (psychedelic substance), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline (psychedelic hallucinogen), psilocybin (magic mushrooms), and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy, molly) for personal use and social sharing. Possession of drug paraphernalia associated with psychedelics will no longer carry criminal penalties as long as they are owned by adults. Those with prior criminal offenses for possession and use would have also have their records expunged under the bill, with the California Department of Public Health to come up with regulations and therapeutic uses of the legalized psychedelics by 2024.
SB 519 would also set strict limits on possession of the listed psychedelics, penalizing those who are under the age of 21 for using drugs, as well as possessing the drugs on school property. Legal amounts to possess would also be strictly set, with limits being up to 15 grams for ibogaine, 4 grams of MDMA, 2 grams for DMT, psilocybin, and psilocyn, and only one-hundredth (0.01) of a gram for LCD.
Throughout the first half of 2021 the bill was amended multiple times, with alterations such as ketamine being dropped as a decriminalized drug changing the bill in the hopes that it would attract more legislative supporters. Supporters also pushed forwards benefits of some of the drugs, specifically how they could help mental illnesses such as PTSD, in the hopes that they could attract the support of more middle of the road Democrats and Republicans.