A California senator announced on Friday that he will no longer pursue plans to enact his psychedelics reform bill this year

California (P): A California senator announced on Friday that he will no longer pursue plans to enact his psychedelics reform bill this year after a key committee removed major provisions this week that would have legalized possession of substances like psilocybin, LSD, DMT and MDMA for people over the age of 21.

On Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced the Senate-passed legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D), but significantly scaled it back so it would merely direct state officials to conduct a study of potential future psychedelics policy reforms—taking out its main criminal justice provisions.

“I’ve now confirmed that SB 519—decriminalizing possession and use of small quantities of certain psychedelic drugs—was amended by the Assembly Appropriations Committee to remove the decriminalization aspect of the bill,” Wiener said in a press release. “As a result, the soon-to-be-amended version of SB 519 is limited to a study.”

Source: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/california-senator-gives-up-psychedelics-reform-push-for-2022-after-bill-gutted-by-key-committee/

Colorado (P): An initiative that would have removed criminal penalties for the possession of psilocybin and other hallucinogens in Colorado failed to gather enough signatures to appear before voters in November, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday.

Initiative 61 would have decriminalized the personal use of certain entheogenic plants and fungi (including psilocybin, psilocin, ibogaine, mescaline [not including peyote], and dimethyltryptamine) for adults age 21 and older, but would not have allowed the sale of these substances.

Source: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/psilocybin-possession-in-colorado-not-happening-after-initiative-fails-to-qualify-for-november-ballot

Michigan (P): Looks like Michiganders won’t be voting on legalizing psychedelics this year after all.

Activist groups Decriminalize Nature Michigan and Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced they are withdrawing their efforts to get an initiative legalizing psychedelics on the Michigan November ballot. They had been gathering signatures for the ballot proposal since March.

The proposed bill, the Michigan Initiative for Community Healing, would have decriminalized the possession of magic mushrooms and other plant-based medicine, reduced penalties, and allowed hospitals and religious organizations to host psychedelic-assisted ceremonial and mental health services.

Source: https://www.metrotimes.com/weed/michigan-initiative-to-legalize-psychedelics-wont-be-on-novemeber-ballot-30242271

Oregon (P): Measure 109, which was approved by voters statewide in 2020 by nearly 56 percent of the vote, automatically opts in local governments in Oregon. But it also includes a process through which cities and counties can back out. Local officials can decide to refer to voters either a two-year moratorium or an outright ban on psilocybin services.

But those opt-out measures must be on the November 2022 general election ballot, and the deadline for getting them on the ballot is August 19.

That’s why cities and counties throughout Oregon such as Philomath are wrestling with these questions: Do nothing, and let Measure 109 take effect? Or give voters another chance to ban or delay psilocybin services in their community?

The measure will allow the use of psilocybin starting in 2023, making Oregon the first state to legalize its use.

Source: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/oregon-officials-put-psilocybin-services-bans-on-local-ballots-two-years-after-voters-legalized-it-statewide/