Iowa Lawmakers Hold Historic Hearing On Psilocybin Decriminalization, But Do Not Advance Bill

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In a first-of-its kind hearing, an Iowa House panel on Wednesday took up a bill to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in the state. While the three-member House Public Safety subcommittee opted not to advance the legislation, the meeting represented the first time state lawmakers have formally discussed a proposal to decriminalize a psychedelic substance in a legislative hearing, and it involved impassioned testimony from experts and people who’ve personally benefitted from psilocybin. “I’m very pleased with the testimony shared with lawmakers today,” Rep. Jeff Shipley (R), sponsor of the bill, told Marijuana Moment. “While the public safety committee chose not to advance the bill, it’s clear Iowans aren’t waiting for permission and are taking the lead on their own genuine health and healing as it relates to these naturally occurring tools.” Under the bill, psilocybin would be removed from the state’s list of controlled substances. The statute maintains that Schedule I drugs under that list have “a high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision.” One person who testified gave an alternative perspective on the substance, arguing that so-called magic mushrooms actually enabled him to overcome an addition to a drug with high abuse potential. “Psilocybin works very effectively for treating drug addiction and depression and anxiety,” he said. “I personally struggled with meth for literally decades and tried [Narcotics Anonymous] and treatment centers like that and didn’t have any success at all until I learned about psilocybin. Once I utilized it, I’ve been clean five years now.” speaking about joy and love in his heart — music to my ears. "Useful in helping hardcore meth addicts recovering from addiction" — Jeff Shipley (@JeffShipley77) March 3, 2021 Lawmakers also heard from a therapist…

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