California Psilocybin Bill Updates

Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in certain species of mushrooms, has been gaining increased attention in recent years for its potential medical and therapeutic benefits. However, its use and possession remain illegal under federal law in the United States. While some states have decriminalized psilocybin possession, California is one of the few states that has taken steps towards legalizing and regulating its use.


In 2018, the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative was introduced, which aimed to decriminalize the use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms for adults over 21 years of age. However, the initiative failed to qualify for the 2018 ballot, and subsequent attempts to reintroduce similar measures have not yet gained enough support.


Despite this setback, California has made some progress in recent years towards legalizing psilocybin for medical and therapeutic purposes. In 2018, the California State Senate passed a bill that allowed for the use of psilocybin in clinical trials for the treatment of certain mental health conditions. The bill also allowed for the possession and transportation of psilocybin for research purposes.


In 2019, the California State Senate passed another bill that allowed for the use of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs in end-of-life care. The bill authorized healthcare professionals to use psychedelic drugs in terminally ill patients to alleviate anxiety and depression related to end-of-life care.


Furthermore, in 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced that it would be creating a working group to explore the potential use of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs in mental health treatment. The group will consist of medical professionals, policymakers, and other stakeholders who will examine the potential risks and benefits of using psilocybin in mental health treatment.


In 2022 Advocates of Senate Bill 58 believe that the bill is a move towards ending California’s “war on drugs” and that decriminalizing psychedelics could lead to improved treatment options for issues such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. However, the bill may face opposition from law enforcement groups who have expressed concerns about the potential risks associated with hallucinogens and their impact on public safety.


While California has made some progress towards legalizing psilocybin for medical and therapeutic purposes, it remains illegal for recreational use. Possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms can result in criminal charges, fines, and other penalties. It’s important to note that while some cities and counties in California have decriminalized psilocybin possession, this does not mean that it is legal. Instead, it means that law enforcement has deprioritized psilocybin enforcement.


In conclusion, while California has not yet fully legalized psilocybin, the state has made some progress towards allowing its use for medical and therapeutic purposes.  Sen Scott Wiener has reintroduced his proposal which excludes synthetic psychedelics including LSD and MDMA, (commonly known as ecstasy), but SB 58 would allow only plant-based hallucinogens, such as psilocybin and dimethyltryptamine, (DMT) to be introduced under the new bill.


As research into psilocybin’s potential benefits continues to grow, it’s possible that we may see more states follow California’s lead in decriminalizing and legalizing its use in the future. However, until then, it’s important to follow state and federal laws regarding psilocybin possession and use. For more information on or updates on the development of psylocibin in California feel free to reach out 602-290-9424