Iowa GOP Lawmaker’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Amendment Defeated In Floor Vote

Iowa GOP Lawmaker’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Amendment Defeated In Floor Vote

An Iowa Republican lawmaker introduced an amendment to a budget bill last week that would have removed psilocybin and psilocyn from the state’s list of prohibited substances, but it was shot down. Rep. Jeff Shipley (R), who previously filed legislation last year to legalize psilocybin mushrooms and MDMA for medical use, said during a House floor debate that his new measure would remove the threat of criminal penalties for people interested in exploring these psychedelics for therapeutic purposes. Another lawmaker said that while he appreciated Shipley’s “zest” and “zeal,” he questioned the germaneness of including the amendment as part of a budget bill. The presiding officer agreed and said the measure “is not germane” before allowing a vote on a motion to suspend the rules and move the amendment. The House ultimately rejected the proposal in a 17-76 vote. “The broad bipartisan support of both rural Christians and inner city progressives proves that psilocybin is the issue that can heal our politically fractured society,” Shipley told Marijuana Moment on Monday. “These reforms are needed immediately to create the healing our country is desperate for.” During his speech on the amendment, the lawmaker said he was introducing it because “our world is hurting. Humanity—our collective pain, generational traumas, are oozing and festering across our globe.” “I suspect this could be, in part, because the fact our governing institutions have outlawed, prohibited, naturally occurring healing tools,” he said. “In this chamber, we’re great at writing laws, adding new sections of code—rarely do…

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