CALIFORNIA—State Senator Scott Wiener announced on Tuesday, November 10 that he will introduce legislation early next year to decriminalize psychedelic drugs.
Wiener, who was first elected to the California State Senate in 2016, said on Twitter that psychedelics “have been shown to have medicinal value treating depression, PTSD & other conditions” and urged everyone to “stop criminalizing drug use and addiction.”
Two members of the California State Assembly who will work with Senator Wiener on this piece of legislation include Assemblymember Evan Low and Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager.
Kamlager responded to Wiener, stating that she looks forward to working with him “to realize this rational, pragmatic decriminalization of psychedelic drugs.”
On Twitter, Assemblymember Low stated there are “serious issues to confront when it comes to addiction” and one of them is the “over-incarceration of men and women — especially people of color — who need our help.”
Senator Wiener called the decriminalization of psychedelics an “important step toward a more rational, science-based, and public-health-focused approach to drugs.”
The senator represents District 11 in the California State Senate, which covers San Francisco, Daly City, parts of South San Francisco, Colma, and Broadmoor. He previously served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
San Francisco News reached out to Senator Wiener’s office for comment, but did not hear back before print.