GOP Utah Lawmaker Files Bill To Require Task Force Study Into Psychedelic Therapy For Mental Health

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A Republican Utah lawmaker introduced a bill on Tuesday that would set up a task force to study and make recommendations on the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs and possible regulations for their lawful use. Rep. Brady Brammer (R) filed the legislation. While there’s nothing in the text of the proposal that explicitly references psychedelics, it’s strongly implied—and Brammer separately talked in an interview about the measure as a tool to explore the use of substances like psilocybin. The bill would create a Mental Illness Psychotherapy Drug Task Force that would be required to “study and make recommendations on drugs that may assist in treating mental illness.” The psychotherapy drugs that the panel would consider are defined as controlled substances that are “not currently available for legal use” and “may be able to treat, manage, or alleviate symptoms from mental illness.” This is the latest example of psychedelics reform reaching state legislatures, including those that are traditionally conservative, as the local decriminalization movement continues to spread and more people are made aware of research into the therapeutic potential of these substances. Brammer’s bill outlines who would be appointed to the task force, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, Utah Medical Association representative, a researcher, a person with a civil liberties organization, a patient with experience with psychotherapy drugs and more. “The task force shall provide evidence-based recommendations on any psychotherapy drug that the task force determines may enhance psychotherapy when treating a mental illness,” the text of the measure states. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and…

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