California Governor Gavin Newsom recently vetoed a bill aiming to legalize certain psychedelic substances in the state. The legislation, which had garnered significant support, was introduced by Senator Scott Weiner and was seen as a progressive step in treating mental health conditions.
Senator Weiner, in his public statement, expressed that the veto is a “setback for the huge number of Californians – including combat veterans and first responders – who are safely using and benefiting from these non-addictive substances.” He further argued that criminalizing these substances serves to make people less safe and reduces access to help.
The bill would have legalized the possession, preparation, transfer, or transportation of specific quantities of substances like DMT, ibogaine, psilocybin, and psilocyn. These substances have been considered for their therapeutic benefits, particularly for conditions like depression and PTSD.
Looks like Governor Gavin Newsom is preparing to run for president.