Psychedelic legalization efforts continue, with more narrowed focus

Senator’s bill would allow psychedelics for veterans, first responders in 3 counties

After numerous attempts to legalize psychedelics over the last couple years, many advocates are now putting their energy behind state Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, as his latest bill would allow military veterans and first responders to take psilocybin or psilocin in a medically supervised setting — and only in a few counties.

Senate Bill 508, also sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones, R-San Diego, was introduced last week, and would establish pilot programs in San Francisco, San Diego and Santa Cruz counties, which could authorize “up to five psychedelic-assisted facilitation centers per jurisdiction to administer psilocybin or psilocin to patients meeting specified criteria,” according to the bill.

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