California Assembly’s Committee on Public Health and Safety is set to discuss a psychedelics legalization bill on the morning of June 29.
Senator Scott Weiner, a Democratic Senator for San Francisco is the author of the Senate Bill 519. Weiner says he believes psychedelic drugs have the ability to help individuals battling various mental conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.
On the other side, anti-violent advocates argue that decriminalization of psychedelic drugs would cause more problems than it would solve. Some of these advocates coming from religious backgrounds claim that psychedelics have a history of violence and destructive delusions in users.
“Those side effects don’t just impact the person taking the drugs. Like the date rape drug ketamine, which is used to victimize others, innocent others in our society which this author finally, after immense pressure from law enforcement, victims and the public, removed from this bill. Yet he still wants LSD and other dangerous drugs to be freely accessible to the public,” said the president of Crime Victims United, Nina Salarno Besselman.
This bill is seeking to decriminalize psychedelics substances like LSD which is commonly called ‘acid’, MDMA commonly known as ‘ecstasy’ or ‘molly’ and mushrooms.