In an effort to take the lead in ending the nation’s ‘war on drugs‘ policy, California introduced a Senate bill earlier this week to decriminalize the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs, such as magic mushrooms and ayahuasca. The bill has the full support and backing of those in the mental health profession and veterans groups. The decriminalization of these psychedelic drugs could pave the way for better treatment options in our societal efforts to alleviate substance abuse disorders and other health related issues such as anxiety, depression and the general feeling of being overwhelmed with life. Will other states around the country eventually also see fit to decriminalize psychedelics? As we often say, time will tell. But one thing is certain – these drugs save lives and have a tremendous capacity to heal so it only makes sense that they be permitted to be used by those in need.
SQ Attorneys is a Washington State criminal defense law firm comprised of two seasoned criminal defense lawyers, Greg Schwesinger and Saad Qadri. Although the firm does not support or otherwise condone criminal behavior, the criminal attorneys that make up the SQ team certainly realize that sometimes good people make bad choices or get caught up in a bad situations. Some crimes like DUI – for instance – don’t even include a ‘state of mind’ element – the government has simply legislated that certain behavior – regardless of the person’s intent or knowledge – is illegal. If you or a loved one is cited for a crime, regardless of the type, don’t despair, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney (like the ones that make up the team at SQ Attorneys) to assist you in navigating the criminal justice system. SQ Attorneys can be reached at (425) 359-3791 or (206) 441-0900.