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Could California legalize more types of drugs?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2021 | Drug Crimes

California has been one of the states leading the movement to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use. The state also seems interested in legalizing other drugs in the future. 

According to the Mendocino Voice, lawmakers in the state are looking into research showing there are other classifications of drugs that could offer benefits medically, which may lead to then legalizing other drugs. 

Potentially beneficial drugs

Specifically, the state is considering the medical potential of psychedelics. There is some evidence this class of drugs could help you if you have certain mental illnesses, such as anxiety, PTSD and depression. 

These drugs also have the potential to be legalized for recreational use. They are not one of the destructive classes of drugs, nor do they have the same high risks of drugs, such as heroin. 

The push for legalization

The main reason for legalizing drugs is to help reduce the number of drug crimes and convictions for those crimes. It can help reduce the number of inmates in prisons and jails, along with freeing law enforcement up to handle more serious crimes. 

Legalization does not mean a free-for-all when it comes to drugs. There would still be laws about using, buying and selling. You could still face some potential criminal charges for certain drug-related activities, but personal use would probably not get you in trouble. 

The concept of legalizing psychedelics is currently under debate, but these drugs are already legal in Oregon. If the path of marijuana legalization is the same for these drugs, then legalization in other states will help strengthen the movement in California.