GOP Pennsylvania Lawmaker Files Psilocybin Research Bill For Veterans And First Responders

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A coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill this week that’s meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—the latest example of how the psychedelics reform movement is gaining momentum. Led by Rep. Tracy Pennycuick (R), the legislation, titled the Public Heath Benefits of Psilocybin Act, would establish “a framework for research in this Commonwealth to discover innovative methods to optimize the public health benefits of psilocybin.” It would prioritize studies that focus on veterans, retired first responders and their families. Under HB 1959, which was formally filed with 19 cosponsors on Wednesday, the state Department of Health would authorize at least two entities to “plant, grow and cultivate natural psilocybin mushroom product solely for use in the clinical studies of psilocybin.” Pennycuick, an Army veteran herself who lives with PTSD, told Marijuana Moment in an email that she has “great compassion for all those searching for treatment options, and am impressed with the initial reports I have read on the potential effectiveness of psilocybin.” “A couple other states are starting studies on this treatment, and with Pennsylvania being home to the fourth largest population of veterans in the United States, it only makes sense we are among the first to take action on clinical studies that could help our military men and women,” she said. In a cosponsorship memo filed in July with Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D), the lawmakers wrote that “as traditional treatment has proven inadequate at both the individual and public health level, the Commonwealth has a responsibility to research alternative options.” “A growing body of research provides a reason for hope that psilocybin, administered in a controlled setting, will be the most effective tool at our disposal to combat the suicide, opioid and…

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