AOC Promotes Research On Benefits Of Psychedelics Like Psilocybin And MDMA With New Amendment

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is again fighting to remove a federal research roadblock in the hopes of promoting studies into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics like MDMA, psilocybin and ibogaine. The congresswoman introduced an amendment seeking to attach the policy change to large-scale spending legislation covering funding for multiple agencies. Meanwhile, numerous other amendments on drug policy issues have been filed to the bill, including one that would remove protections for universities that conduct research into marijuana. Another important proposed revision would direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move forward on rulemaking to establish a regulatory pathway to allow CBD as a dietary supplement. Put simply, the amendments to the large-scale appropriations minibus run the gamut. But Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal is especially notable given its focus on psychedelics—an issue that’s rarely been breached in Congress. Her measure would strike a longstanding rider, first enacted in 1996, that prohibits the use of federal funds for “any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I.” A description of the amendment clarifies that the intent is to allow “United States researchers to study and examine the potential impacts of several schedule I drugs, such as MDMA, psilocybin, and or ibogaine, that have been shown to be effective in treating critical diseases.” In 2019, a large majority of Democratic House members joined all but seven Republicans in a vote against an earlier version of the congresswoman’s amendment. But given the surge in state and local psychedelics reform efforts in the years since, it stands to reason that this Congress may take the issue more seriously. Relatedly, a recent House committee report attached to spending legislation also encourages federal health agencies to pursue research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for military veterans suffering from a host of mental…

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