Iowa GOP Lawmaker Makes Another Push To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

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A Republican lawmaker in Iowa is taking another swing at reforming the state’s psychedelics laws, introducing a bill on Tuesday to remove psilocybin from the list of controlled substances. Rep. Jeff Shipley (R) first filed a bill to get the policy change enacted in 2019, and then pursued the idea again the next year as an amendment to a spending bill. The standalone legislation died in committee and the amendment was soundly defeated on the floor, in part because some members questioned its germaneness in a budget process. The representative also filed legislation in 2019 that would have legalized psilocybin, MDMA and ibogaine for therapeutic purposes. That also did not advance. While Shipley has plans to continue to put forward additional, broader psychedelics reform measures this session, this first bill has a more narrow scope. The text of the legislation simply states that it “removes psilocybin and psilocyn from the list of substances classified as schedule I controlled substances under Iowa’s uniform Controlled Substances Act.” The bill has been referred to the House Public Safety Committee for consideration. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 500 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — “I wish I had more time to devote to the psychedelic sciences,” Shipley told Marijuana Moment, adding that he is also in the process of introducing a “right to try” bill that could theoretically free up access to experimental therapeutics like psilocybin for certain patients. He said that “right to try” is “the most conservative approach to usher in the new…

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