California Psychedelics Advocates Considering Legalization Initiative

California psychedelics advocates are considering a state ballot measure that would legalize the use of drugs like psilocybin and MDMA, according to a KQED report.

State Sen. Scott Weiner (D) — the author of a recently failed state proposal to legalize psychedelic treatment centers — said that he expects to see the issue appear on the 2026 ballot if state lawmakers don’t take action, first.

“We are not giving up, whether that means introducing a new bill or ballot measure, this issue is not going away. We know these substances are helping people turn their lives around.” — Weiner, via KQED

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) last year vetoed a proposal to decriminalize certain psychedelic substances including mescaline, DMT, psilocybin, and psilocin. At the time, the governor requested that lawmakers deliver him a psychedelics bill prioritizing therapeutic applications.

Advocates have not yet decided whether the future ballot proposal would address only the therapeutic use of substances like magic mushrooms or whether it would call for a wider decriminalization of psychedelics, the report said.

Meanwhile, multiple studies have shown that psychedelic substances like MDMA and psilocybin — the primary psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms — show promise against treatment-resistant mental health

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