California advances decriminalizing psychedelic substances

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California has moved another step closer to decriminalizing psychedelics amid a debate over whether their prohibition is an outdated remnant of the War on Drugs. 

The bill advanced from a committee Tuesday after the author removed a substance from the bill that opponents said can be used as a date-rape drug. 

It would allow those 21 and older to possess for personal use and social sharing seven drugs including LSD, mescaline and the hallucinogenic component of so-called magic mushrooms. 

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener said the drugs are transforming lives. But he amended his bill to remove the potential date-rape drug ketamine from the list.