Politics

California Decrim Bill Passes State Senate

SB 519, the California legislation that would decriminalize certain psychedelic substances, passed the state senate in a close vote.

Field Trip Eyes Washington, D.C. as Former Senator Tom Daschle Joins as an Advisor

The former majority leader joins one of largest psychedelic medicine companies as it turns its attention toward federal policymakers.

California Bill To Decriminalize Psychedelics Advances to Senate Floor for Vote

California legislators amended SB 519, which would decriminalize many psychedelics under state law, to lower the bill’s cost during a crucial committee hurdle.

Activists Evaluate Biden’s Efforts on Drug Policy

Researchers and activists are cautiously optimistic for drug policy reforms despite Biden’s past support for punitive drug laws.

Biden’s Drug Policy Priorities Are a Small Step in the Right Direction, But Old Attitudes Linger

The new “Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One” focuses on drug prevention, treatment, and recovery, with a nod toward racially sensitive criminal justice reform, but also relies on prohibitionist drug war policies at home and abroad.

Why Canada Is Pulling the Plug on Its War on Drugs

In response to Canada’s historically racist war on drugs and its growing drug overdose crisis, the Liberal Party of Canada moves to reform the country’s criminal justice system and drug policies with a new bill. But is it enough?

Psychedelic Decriminalization Initiatives Are In Motion Across the Country

A roundup of 14 current decrim bills and ballot initiatives shows the momentum building for psychedelic drug reform on the state and local level.

Getting Busted After Decrim: An Interview with Kole Milner, the Denver Man Who Was Growing and Selling Mushrooms

A Denver man was arrested for growing and selling magic mushrooms after receiving copious press attention following the state’s decriminalization of psilocybin. Here’s what he has to say about what transpired.

Two California Initiatives Aim to Reform Psychedelics Drug Policy

A California State Senate bill and a ballot measure share the long term goal of legalizing psychedelics, but their strategies and specific approaches are markedly different.

Denver Magic Mushroom Dealer Is Sentenced to Parole

The first prosecution of a psilocybin dealer since Denver passed decriminalization in 2019 may signal how those selling psychedelics will be treated by law enforcement.