Psychedelic Decriminalization and Legalization Roundup
It’s not been two years since Denver decriminalized psilocybin. In that span of time, cities and states across the country have adopted or are considering adopting sweeping decriminalization (and even legalization!) laws that apply to psilocybin and in some cases, even a host of other psychedelic substances. Today, I’ll do a roundup of these efforts to see where things stand and where they may go in the future (for some of my other predictions on psychedelics, check out this podcast interview).
Ann Arbor: In 2020, the City of Ann Arbor voted to decriminalize psychedelic plant substances.
California (Statewide): In 2021, California State Senator Scott Wiener introduced a bill (SB-519) that would decriminalize a host of psychedelic substances and allow, in some cases, sharing of psychedelic substances for no financial gain in the context of therapy or other spiritual practices. The law has quite a way to go and it is not guaranteed to become law–even if it does, it could be amended.
Denver: As noted above, Denver decriminalized psilocybin in 2019 via a voter initiative. The measure only applies to psilocybin and only to personal use and possession. Federal authorities in Colorado have continued to prosecute people they allege are