Updated: Jul 13
Senate Bill 58 was recently introduced by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to decriminalize the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs.
Just like cannabis, psilocybin was lumped in with substances considered "Schedule I Drugs" which includes, but is not limited to, such drugs as MDMA, Bath Salts, and Heroin.
Included in SB 58 is psilocybin, psilocyn, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), mescaline (excluding peyote), and ibogaine. Senator Wiener’s SB 519 decriminalization legislation passed the Senate and two Assembly Committees in 2021, but then stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The Heroic Hearts Project sponsored SB 58 and has become an international voice for veterans demanding effective mental health treatment options. Heroic Hearts connects veterans to psychedelic therapy for treating complex trauma.
“I was against psychedelics until I was in a dark place, and the V.A. helped me through psychedelic research with my severe PTSD,” said Courtney Ellington, the Executive Director of One Vet One Voice, a one-stop shop for Veterans’ information on VA benefits and services. “When we decriminalize psychedelics, we help those who are trying to help themselves. Psychedelic decriminalization equals street drug prevention, suicide prevention, and an opportunity to build a better community.”
So if a list of certain substances deemed extremely harmful for decades are now considered extremely beneficial to our mental health, what else could be kept from us that could be extremely helpful right now?
Senator Weiner stated, "We need to end the outdated, racist, failed War on Drugs and finally pursue drug policies that help people instead of incarcerating them.”
But millions of people have already been incarcerated for 'War on Drugs' policies - will all charges related to psychedelics be overturned or dismissed or thrown out just as some were for cannabis-related cases? If and when SB 58 does pass, will psychedelics go through the same bureaucracy as cannabis?
The mental health and wellness of every American doesn't seem like something to be voted on or governed or judged, yet Americans willingly allow government entities to tell them what's good for them, accepting what's provided or "prescribed"every day.
The evidence of its success rate is overwhelming and the ability to freely and without fear heal ourselves with psychedelics has been withheld from Americans far too long. At Earth Bacon, our staff and partners wholly understand the power of psilocybin-containing mushrooms and their role in healing. If Western medicine and/or traditional medical care hasn't resolved mental health and wellness issues, healing with Earth Bacon's 3M's - mushrooms, meditation, and mediation - is one step towards a completely healed best version of you.