Congressman Says He’ll Bring The Psychedelics Reform Movement To Capitol Hill ‘This Year’

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A congressman said on Wednesday that he intends to help bring the psychedelics reform movement to Capitol Hill “this year.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a longstanding champion of marijuana reform in Congress, made the comments at a symposium on psychedelics policy that was hosted by Harvard Law School’s newly established research institute, the Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR). He touted moves by voters in his home state of Oregon to legalize psilocybin for therapeutic use and more broadly decriminalize possession of currently illicit drugs during last year’s election as examples of a growing movement that’s enacting reforms beyond just cannabis. Blumenauer said he plans to bring that reform push to Congress next. "I plan on bringing this movement to Capitol Hill this year," @repblumenauer says. The federal government needs to catch up to where the rest of America is. #POPLAR — Petrie-Flom Center (@PetrieFlom) October 6, 2021 “I promise you I will do my part—not only assisting in the evolution of the Oregon [psilocybin] program, but I plan on bringing this movement to Capitol Hill this year in the same way we developed the foundation for the support of our cannabis work,” he told attendees at the psychedelics symposium. “I want to introduce the results of our work in Oregon and around the country, and I would like your center to be able to help raise awareness on Capitol Hill at this critical time in drug reform to help the federal government catch up to where the rest of America is.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was among the first lawmakers to raise the psychedelics issue in Congress, twice filing an amendment to large-scale spending legislation that was meant to promote research into substances like psilocybin and MDMA. Both times, a significant number of Democrats joined Republicans in defeating…

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