GOP Iowa Lawmaker Files Bill To Allow Psilocybin, MDMA And LSD Access For Seriously Ill Patients

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A Republican Iowa lawmaker recently filed a bill that would allow seriously ill people to use psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, LSD, DMT or peyote as alternative treatments after they’ve exhausted traditional legal medicines. Rep. Jeff Shipley (R), who also introduced legislation earlier this month that would remove psilocybin from the state’s list of controlled drugs, told Marijuana Moment that adding these substances to Iowa’s “right to try” law would be “the most conservative approach to usher in the new age of mental and emotional healthcare.” “This bill relates to the decriminalization of certain schedule I controlled substances for the purposes of use by a patient diagnosed with a terminal illness or a life-threatening disease or condition,” an explanation of the measure states. Terminally ill patients and those with life-threatening diseases or conditions would be eligible for alternative treatments with the psychedelics if a healthcare provider attests that they 1) considered and rejected, or tried and failed to respond to, traditional pharmaceuticals, 2) received a recommendation to use a controlled substance for treatment, 3) have documentation proving as much and 4) have submitted written informed consent. The bill was referred to the House Human Resources Committee late last week. “I wish I had more time to devote to the psychedelic sciences,” Shipley told Marijuana Moment, adding that his “right to try” bill would be a significant reform that could theoretically free up access to experimental therapeutics like psilocybin for certain patients. President Donald Trump signed a federal “Right to Try Act” in 2018, allowing certain patients to access drugs that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for broad use. Shipley’s other drug policy bill introduced this month simply states that it “removes psilocybin and psilocyn from the list of substances classified as schedule I controlled substances under Iowa’s uniform…

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