If passed, one bill would not have legalized the hallucinogenic component psilocybin, but would have decriminalized it and two other similar components.
The Governor said steps should be taken to set up guidelines for future approval that would allow them to safely decriminalize hallucinogens but that time is not now.
‘Unfortunately, this bill would decriminalize possession prior to these guidelines going into place, and I cannot sign it,’ Newsom said in a statement.
In terms of the caste-based discrimination bill, the Democrat said it was an unnecessary ban since California already has protections in place.
Two bills vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday would have decriminalized magic mushrooms and banned caste-based discrimination in the state
Governor Gavin Newsom called the caste-based bill ‘unnecessary’ and said the bill regarding the hallucinogens cannot be allowed yet until guidelines are in place
Newsom – who previously fought to legalize marijuana – said he believes the state should ‘immediately’ work on treatment guidelines using the hallucinogens.
‘California should immediately begin work to set up regulated treatment guidelines — replete with dosing information, therapeutic guidelines, rules to prevent against exploitation during guided treatments, and medical clearance of no underlying psychoses,’ Newsom’s statement read.
The law would have decriminalized psilocybin for those older than 21 – the hallucinogenic component in magic mushrooms, as well as dimethyltryptamine and mescaline.
Rather than full legalization, it would have ensured people are neither arrested nor prosecuted for the possession of the plant-based substances.
The substances would still be illegal under federal law if the bill had passed.
Supporters of the bill said it could have been a game-changer for some patients who were undergoing treatment for mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder.
In 2019, the FDA cited psilocybin as a ‘breakthrough therapy’ for treatment-resistant depression.
Others, however, said the bill would have given a ‘green light’ to those who shouldn’t be using or don’t need to use the drugs.
Jennifer Mitchell, a neurology professor at UC-San Francisco, was against the bill.
‘My biggest concern is that it seeks to decriminalize personal use before developing an infrastructure that would ensure safety and education,’ she told the L.A. Times.
The law would have decriminalized psilocybin for those older than 21 – the hallucinogenic component in magic mushrooms, as well as dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and mescaline. PICTURED: A Golden Teacher mushroom is displayed at Epic Healing Eugene, Oregon’s first licensed psilocybin service center
California State Senator Scott Wiener who proposed the bill to decriminalize hallucinogens
The California caste bill was introduced by state Sen. Aisha Wahab (picuted) in March
As for the veto of the caste bill, Newsom said California already ‘prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation and other characteristics,’ making the caste-discrimination unnecessary.
He added current state law specifies that the civil rights mentioned above ‘shall be liberally construed.’
‘Because discrimination based on caste is already prohibited under these existing categories, this bill is unnecessary,’ Newsom said in the statement.
Caste, typically associated with Indian culture, is a way of designating individuals by their hereditary social class.
Those at the bottom of the caste system – the Dalits – have been pushing for legal protections in California and across the U.S. for years.
Supporters argue the protections would help ensure access to housing and education as well as the chance to advance their position.
The California bill was introduced by state Sen. Aisha Wahab in March.
Wahab is the first Muslim and Afghan American elected to the California Legislature.
The law would have also included caste as a sub-category of ‘ethnicity.’
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk
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