Californians Have Until Monday to Comment on Revised Psychedelics Ballot Proposal, Final Update Expected December 1

Psychedelics Ballot Proposal: A Trippy Journey Through California’s Latest Cannabis News

Hey there, fellow enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving headfirst into California’s buzzing cannabis scene, where things are getting even more interesting with the Psychedelics Ballot Proposal making waves. Grab your favorite strain, roll one up, and join me on this trippy journey through the latest cannabis in the Golden State.

The Buzz Around Psychedelics Ballot Proposal

So, you might be wondering, what’s the deal with this Psychedelics Ballot Proposal? Well, my friends, it’s all about creating a statewide right to obtain and use psychedelics for medical, therapeutic, and spiritual purposes. And get this – with a doctor’s recommendation, adults would be free to possess and use these substances in the comfort of their own homes. Plus, they can even grow entheogenic plants and fungi on their private property. Talk about a green thumb, huh?

Changes, Changes, and More Changes

The folks behind this initiative have been hard at work, making several modifications to the original proposal. Most of these changes have been technical in nature, but there are a few key updates worth noting.

One significant change is ensuring that the adult use of cannabis won’t be affected by this initiative. You see, cannabis is on the hallucinogens list under California law, so it could be impacted by the proposed changes. However, the initiative aims to allow medical entheogenic businesses to provide medical cannabis, potentially reshaping the and redirecting sales away from the black market.

But that’s not all – the proposal also covers the state Department of Public maintaining a list of approved entheogenic plants and substances for medical and therapeutic use. Minors, on the other hand, can only be recommended entheogenic plants or substances for severe and life-threatening conditions. And there are new “M-licenses” under state Business and Professions Code for entheogenic businesses to engage in commercial activities related to medical and psychedelic cannabis.

The Taxing Issue

When it comes to taxes, the proposal has seen some adjustments too. The latest version removes an explicit exemption for psychedelics used for spiritual purposes. However, it does specify that a local excise tax of up to 10 percent may be applied to purchases of psychedelics for medical or therapeutic use if approved by voters. The proposal remains silent on taxes for substances used for spiritual purposes.

Another change involves removing a direct exemption from lab testing of entheogenic substances if they are intended for spiritual or noncommercial purposes. On the front, individuals with convictions for activities that would no longer be illegal after the law changes could have their sentences recalled or dismissed within 180 days of filing an application.

A Safer Access to Psychedelics

Now, let’s talk about why this initiative matters. According to the campaign, the latest version emphasizes safety and gives doctors and mental health specialists the right to recommend psychedelics for various conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidality, traumatic brain injury, and more. It’s all about providing safe, controlled medical access for patients in need.

Compared to current governing cannabis businesses in California, the oversight of commercial psychedelics activity would be relatively relaxed. The proposal suggests regulating psychedelics “as closely as practicable to non-psychoactive agriculturally produced products.”

What’s in It for You?

So, you might be wondering how this proposal could impact you as a cannabis enthusiast. Well, here’s the lowdown:

  • Simple use and possession of psychedelics at home would become legal for adults.
  • You could possess as much entheogenic substances as you need for your annual personal use.
  • Cultivating psychedelic plants and fungi on private property would be allowed, as long as it’s done out of public view and with the owner’s consent.
  • Starting in 2025, entheogenic businesses could engage in cultivation, manufacture, or wholesale distribution of psychedelics on designated land.
  • By April 19, 2025, incorporated businesses in California with a state seller’s permit could begin selling psychedelic products to qualified patients or their caretakers.
  • The proposal respects the use of entheogenic plants or substances as a sacrament in religious or spiritual practices.

Taxes, Research, and Regulations

When it comes to taxes, the proposal allows for potential municipal taxes of up to 10 percent on psychedelics products sold for medical or therapeutic use, subject to local voter approval. The or use of endangered species or their parts would not be allowed unless produced sustainably and without harm to natural habitats.

Doctors could recommend psychedelics for a wide range of physical and mental illnesses, with specific qualifying conditions including PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidality, spiritual development, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic and acute pain, inflammatory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and migraines. Healthcare practitioners would not face punishment or loss of privileges for recommending entheogenic plants or substances.

The state Department of Public Health could establish to implement the framework, but without unreasonable delays. Businesses would be regulated with a focus on safety, similar to non-psychoactive agriculturally produced products.

The Road Ahead

Now, as we wrap up this journey through the Psychedelics Ballot Proposal, it’s important to note that the ’s office is accepting public comments on the draft measure through Monday. Organizers have been working tirelessly on this initiative, and after the final changes are made and an official ballot title and summary are issued, advocates can start collecting signatures.

If all goes according to plan, this proposal could find its way onto the 2024 ballot, offering Californians a chance to make their voices heard. And if you’re worried about the cost of gathering signatures, fear not – the Church of Ambrosia, with its 100,000 members, is ready to support the cause financially.

In Conclusion

So there you have it, my fellow cannabis aficionados – the lowdown on California’s Psychedelics Ballot Proposal. It’s an exciting development that could change the game for access to psychedelics in the state. But remember, it’s still in the works, and there’s a lot more to come before it becomes a reality.

Thanks to Ben Adlin for keeping us in the loop on this fascinating cannabis news. Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime, keep that good green vibe alive.

Peace out, and happy toking!

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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