Psychedelic Mushroom Bills Filed In Florida And Connecticut As Movement Expands To Multiple States

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Lawmakers in Connecticut and Florida have filed new bills to reform state laws on psilocybin mushrooms—the latest in a trend of psychedelics proposals to emerge in 2021. Rep. Michael Grieco (D) filed the Florida legislation on Thursday, which would establish a legal psilocybin model for therapeutic use in the state, similar to an initiative that Oregon voters approved in November. It also seeks to deprioritize criminal enforcement against a wide range of psychedelic plants and fungi. The Connecticut bill, sponsored by Rep. Josh Elliot (D) and four other legislators, would simply create a task force responsible for studying the medical benefits of psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms. The main objective of the broader Florida legislation is to promote mental health treatment with the help of psilocybin. The substance “has shown efficacy, tolerability, and safety in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions, including, but not limited to, addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, and end-of-life psychological distress,” the bill states, adding that Florida has “one of the highest prevalence rates of mental illness among adults in the nation.” If approved, the Department of Health would be responsible for implementing regulations to allow people 21 and older to access psilocybin at licensed facilities where they would undergo therapeutic sessions in a clinical setting. An advisory board would be established within the department to make regulatory recommendations. Among the bill’s priorities are to “educate the public about the safe and effective use of psilocybin,” “reduce the prevalence of mental illness,” create a long-term plan to facilitate psilocybin therapy and redirect police resources away from criminalizing people over psychedelics. To accomplish that latter goal, the bill says the state’s law enforcement department “shall make the investigation and arrest of persons 18 years of age or older engaged in noncommercial…

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