California Officials Approve Signature Gathering for Psilocybin Legalization Initiative

California Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Cleared To Collect Signatures For 2024 Ballot Initiative

California officials have cleared a campaign to begin signature gathering for a 2024 ballot initiative to legalize the possession, sale, and regulated therapeutic use of psilocybin.

The proposal would also require the state to establish a regulatory framework for health professionals to administer psilocybin for therapeutic purposes.

Decriminalize California, the campaign behind the initiative, is seeking volunteers and county directors to assist with the signature collection.

This is Decriminalize California's third attempt to legalize psilocybin in the state.

Another organization, Californians for Treatments, Research, Education, Access, and Therapies for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) and Cures, has also announced its intent to put a psychedelics-assisted therapy initiative on next year's ballot.

Campaign Details and Requirements

Decriminalize California is aiming to collect at least 546,651 valid signatures from registered voters by January 10, 2024.

The signature threshold is lower this time due to reduced turnout in the last general election.

The proposal would legalize the possession, cultivation, and sale of psilocybin for adults 21 and older.

It would also establish a regulatory framework for health professionals to administer psilocybin for therapeutic purposes.

There would be no possession limit, and localities could only restrict psilocybin-related activity through voter approval.

Financial Impact and Taxation

A fiscal analysis suggests that implementing the legalization component would likely result in a net reduction in costs to the state.

Creating regulations and certifying health professionals for psilocybin therapy would incur costs, but they could be offset over time with revenue from licensing fees.

Psilocybin used for therapeutic purposes would not be taxed, but if sold for recreational use, it could be subject to a local tax.

Other Developments in Psychedelics Reform

A separate organization, Californians for Treatments, Research, Education, Access, and Therapies for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) and Cures, also plans to put a psychedelics-assisted therapy initiative on next year's ballot.

A California Senate-passed bill to legalize certain psychedelics is advancing through the Assembly.

Berkeley recently approved a resolution to deprioritize the enforcement of laws prohibiting psychedelics, joining Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz in enacting similar local reforms.

Conclusion

The campaign to legalize psilocybin in California has been cleared to collect signatures for a 2024 ballot initiative, which aims to legalize possession, sale, and regulated therapeutic use of the substance.

The proposal would also establish a regulatory framework for health professionals to administer psilocybin for therapeutic purposes.

Decriminalize California is seeking volunteers and county directors to assist with signature collection, while another organization, PAT and Cures, plans to put a psychedelics-assisted therapy initiative on the same ballot.

This is the campaign's third attempt, and they hope to collect the required number of signatures by January 10, 2024.

California has seen other developments in psychedelics reform, including a Senate-passed bill and local resolutions deprioritizing the enforcement of psychedelics prohibition.

References

Kyle Jaeger. (July 17, 2023). California Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Cleared To Collect Signatures For 2024 Ballot Initiative. www.marijuanamoment.net.

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