California Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs

California Introduces Bill To Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would decriminalize psychedelics in the western state. The state senator who authored the bill is Scott Wiener, who told the Guardian, “People should not be going to jail for possessing or using drugs…It’s a health issue, not a criminal issue, and I hope that we get all the way there.”

Wiener also discussed the bill with Fox News, saying, “Whether you’re living in San Francisco or you’re living in rural Ohio, we all — every single one of us — have experience with mental health and addiction trauma in our communities…The mental health and addiction crisis in this country is everywhere.”

Wiener also reportedly framed the legislation as “part of the larger movement to end the racist War on Drugs,” which he described as “a failed set of racist policies starting in the early 20th century and accelerating in the 1970s and 1980s, established under the guise of addressing addiction and

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