New push to legalize psychedelic mushrooms in California would include only these three counties

After seeing three previous efforts fail to legalize psychedelics, a bipartisan pair of California legislators are trying again to permit them for therapeutic purposes, this time narrowing their focus to helping veterans and first responders in three counties, including San Francisco. 

Republican State Senate Leader Brian Jones of San Diego and Democratic Sen. Josh Becker of Menlo Park introduced legislation Thursday that will create a three-year psychedelic pilot program in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Diego counties. 

Retail sales would not be permitted, and only psilocybin, colloquially known as magic mushrooms, could be consumed at “psychedelic-assisted facilitation centers” under the measure. Each county could have up to five centers.

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