NBC: New California Bill Would Decriminalize Psychedelics, Expunge Criminal Records

Summary: NBC News reports on Senate Bill 519, introduced by California State Senator Scott Wiener, that would decriminalize some psychedelics and expunge criminal records related to the use and possession of psychedelics. MAPS Policy and Advocacy Counsel Ismail Lourido Ali, J.D., one of the advisors to Sen. Wiener on the topic, speaks to the harm reduction benefits of decriminalizing psychedelics, stating that “psychedelic use can come with some risks, but criminalization only increases those risks by creating an unregulated market in which difficult-to-verify dosages and the presence of adulterants like fentanyl threaten public health.”

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