The Effort to Decriminalize Psilocybin in California is Underway

Psilocybin has been in the news with increasing frequency as research into psychedelic therapy has proliferated, and a number of local jurisdictions, including the cities of Oakland, Denver, and Santa Cruz have decriminalized psilocybin to varying degrees. Much like cannabis, public perception of certain psychedelics like psilocybin is shifting rapidly, as people really the incredible potential for therapeutic benefits of entheogenic plants.

Last November, proponents (Decriminalize California) submitted the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative 2020, which seeks to “decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in California by submitting a citizens initiative to be placed on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 election, to the Office of the Attorney General.” In order to make it on the ballot, the initiative will need 623,212 valid signatures and in order to pass, it will need a 50% +1 vote. According to Decriminalize California, the current timeline for the initiative is as follows:

Submitted to the Office of the Attorney General on 1st November 2019. 30 Day Public Comment period ended on 4th December 2019. Received Title, Summary, and Fiscal Impact Reportfrom the Office of the Attorney General on 8th January 2020. Currently: Eligible for signature collection.

The drafters of the current iteration of the initiative cite the

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