Feds Should Work With—Not Against—States That Legalize Psychedelics, Government Health Official Says

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Oregon’s move to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic use should signal to the federal government that it needs to engage with jurisdictions that pursue such reforms and aid in the development of regulatory frameworks, a federal health official says. During a speakers series hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Sean Belouin, a senior science policy advisor with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), discussed “compelling” research into psychedelics and the importance of federal involvement as local policies change, regardless of the illegality of these substances under federal statute. “Many of the safety and ethical considerations” of psychedelics reform “will rapidly become front-and-center regulatory and policy issues for states and municipalities who are either debating or passing initiatives that decriminalize and medicalize psychedelics, particularly in plant form,” he said. #NIH is sponsoring a series of virtual lectures on psilocybin, a natural compound from fungi that is converted in the body to a hallucinogenic substance. Psilocybin is being studied to see if it may help in treating severe psychiatric disorders. https://t.co/0D3WVlrbjQ pic.twitter.com/mAC8R3KqHJ — NIH NCCIH (@NIH_NCCIH) May 25, 2021 “The state of Oregon has explicitly stated in their initiative, recently approved by the electorate, that psychotherapy facilitated by psilocybin mushrooms will have protection under state law,” Belouin, who is also a captain with the U.S Public Health Service, said. “Knowing this, the federal government must consider engaging states and municipalities that are actively pursuing, or who have already passed ballot initiatives, to medicalize and decriminalize psychedelics.” Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure last year to create a first-of-its-kind program where people can be treated with psilocybin in a clinical setting. In March, Gov. Kate Brown (D) appointed an advisory board that will help facilitate the implementation of that initiative. The recommendation for the U.S. government to…

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