California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) vowed some time ago that he would “decriminalize all drug use” step by step with the introduction of several bills at the start of the new legislative session. Good to his word, he has just done that in an effort to follow Oregon’s lead and legalize hardcore drugs such as heroin, to one degree or another, in support of drug addicts.
Senate Bill 57 creates “safe injection sites” where drug addicts can use illicit drugs under medical supervision. Senate Bill 73 lowers the criminal penalties on users and dealers of heroin, opiates or opium derivatives, salts, cannabis, phencyclidine (PCP), and other dangerous drugs. So much for the war on drugs.
Wiener is also prepping another bill that will legalize all psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms.
The California state senator contends that America’s war on drugs has not only failed to eliminate illegal drug use and addiction, but drug criminalization is racist because drug laws disproportionately harm “black and brown communities” by increasing their incarceration rates. Once again, everything boils down to racism with the left.
“The War on Drugs and mass incarceration are policy and public health failures,” Wiener said in a recent press release.
Many believe that Wiener’s reasoning here defies logic. California is notorious for banning just about anything they can think of that someone could somehow hurt themselves with. But they want to legalize death-inducing drugs so the whole state can partake in them?
“These drugs have been shown to have medicinal value treating depression, PTSD & other conditions,” he said in a tweet on the subject of psychedelic drugs. “We need to stop criminalizing drug use & addiction.” In another tweet, Wiener said, “Broad drug possession/use decriminalization is the ultimate goal. We need to get there.”
Safe injection sites have a very poor track record as well. They are not new. Both Australia and Canada have been operating centers for years, with disastrous results. “Safe injection sites have not delivered on their promises and have caused a significant increase in trash, crime, and disorder,” writes Christopher Rufo with the Heritage Foundation.
Philadelphia was all set to open the nation’s first safe injection site, but last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the injection center violated a federal statute dubbed the “crack house” law. Many law-abiding residents breathed a profound sigh of relief over that development.
1/ When the Legislature reconvenes, I’ll introduce legislation to decriminalize psychedelic drugs. These drugs have been shown to have medicinal value treating depression, PTSD & other conditions.
We need to stop criminalizing drug use & addiction. https://t.co/aWie5VF2iA
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) November 10, 2020
The law in question, that was passed in the 1980s, outlaws establishing any location to unlawfully use controlled substances. But according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Biden administration is expected to ease up on enforcement, especially if Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, is approved.
Becerra joined a multistate amicus brief in July that supports Philadelphia’s argument to open its illegal drug injection site.
Then there is the tidbit that what Wiener is selling in SB 73 is not what it appears. He says the bill will end mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for many drug offenses, but he only talks about the users and addicts who will not be required to go to jail for possession.
The bill also removes minimum sentencing for “possessing for sale,” “forging or altering prescriptions,” and “agreeing to sell or transport” hard drugs. Wiener’s bill removes mandatory jail time for drug dealers. That is sure to be an unpopular stance in a state overrun by the homeless, crime, and criminals who have been released due to the pandemic.
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