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A California Democratic senator says he will be filing a revised psychedelics bill next year alongside an Assembly Republican that will focus on providing regulated therapeutic access—a departure from his prior legislation to more broadly legalize substances like psilocybin that the governor vetoed this past session.
In vetoing our psychedelics bill @GavinNewsom signaled a path forward we’re eager to pursue. Next year I’ll partner w @MarieWaldron75 on bipartisan legislation allowing regulated therapeutic psychedelic use as in Colorado, but w no decriminalization outside the regulated context. pic.twitter.com/aDskrncEcS
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) November 3, 2023
Sen. Scott Wiener (D) said on Friday that the bill he’s planning to introduce next year with Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R), a former minority leader of the GOP caucus, will be crafted in a way that’s responsive to the veto message Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) sent when rejecting his psychedelics legalization measure last month.
Newsom, who has touted the “profound” therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics to treat severe mental health conditions, said he vetoed SB 58 because it would have removed criminal penalties for possession and cultivation without first implementing guidelines for regulated access. He urged the legislature to “immediately begin work to set up regulated treatment guidelines—replete with dosing information, therapeutic guidelines, rules to prevent against exploitation during guided treatments, and medical clearance of no underlying psychoses.”
Wiener is taking the governor up on that invitation, writing in a post on X that he will be sponsoring “bipartisan legislation allowing regulated therapeutic psychedelic use as in Colorado,” without legalization components “outside the regulated context.”
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