Former GOP Congressman Joins Psychedelics Advocacy Group To Push For Federal Reform

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A former Republican congressman has joined the board of a psychedelics advocacy group working to reform federal policies around entheogenic plants and fungi like psilocybin. Former Rep. Ryan Costello, who represented Pennsylvania in Congress from 2015 to 2019, is now part of the newly renamed Psychedelic Medicine Coalition (PMC), which was previously called the Plant Medicine Coalition. Beyond the name change and new additions to the board, PMC also announced on Thursday that it will be hosting its first annual National Psychedelic Policy Roundtable on January 26. The event will “bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working in the psychedelic medicine space to lay out the future of psychedelic policy in our nation’s capital,” according to a press release. The news of Costello joining PMC’s board is especially interesting. But while it might strike some as surprising that a former GOP congressman would be working on an issue more commonly associated with a progressive agenda, Costello has a record of championing drug policy reform, including while he was in office. The congressman cosponsored a variety of marijuana-related bills—including ones to shield states that legalize cannabis from federal interference—and supported several reform amendments on Capitol Hill. It was also announced last summer that Costello had joined the multi-state cannabis businesses Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (RWB) in a consulting capacity. He’s not the first former member of Congress to enter the cannabis space, but he’s a rare example of someone who actually worked to advance the issue while he was in power before making that transition. Others, such as former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), opposed reform while in office before leaving and then joining the industry. In any case, the announcement from PMC signals that the organization is gearing up for an active year on the psychedelics front. “Our…

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