Having treated Election Day like Coming Out Day and just off its win in Oregon, the movement to deregulate consciousness is positioned to make psychedelics the widely available medicine Californians deserve.
- California State Senator Scott Weiner (D) —inspired by Oregon’s vote to allow psilocybin as therapy—announced on Tuesday that he’ll introduce legislation to decriminalize psychedelic drugs, once the Legislature reconvenes.
- Assemblymembers Evan Low(D) and Sydney Kamlager (D) will join Weiner in what he called “an important step toward a more rational, science-based, and public-health-focused approach to drugs.”
- Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., a professor in the departments of psychiatry and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, called the Oregon therapeutic approach a new quick-fix psychiatric model with parallels to orthopedics. “You go in, you replace a hip and establish functioning, and you expect the person to be enduringly better, if it works.”
- Oregon legalized psilocybin in a therapeutic setting. California is capable of creating a better law, but the best avenue won’t be a ballot initiative.