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Psychedelics Decriminalization Bill Clears Calif. Legislature

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California lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would decriminalize possession and use of certain plant- and fungus-derived psychedelics, sending the bill to the governor's desk.

The state Senate on Thursday voted to approve changes made to the legislation by the General Assembly, after previously approving the bill on a 21-16 vote in May. The General Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday on a 43-15 vote.

Sponsored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, the bill, S.B. 58, would allow for the personal possession of psilocybin and psilocin, which are found in psychoactive mushrooms, as well as plant-derived DMT and mescaline. Mescaline derived from the peyote cactus, which holds special legal status as a sacrament in some Native American religious ceremonies, would not be legalized for general adult use under the law.


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