Oklahoma Republicans File Bills To Decriminalize Psilocybin And Encourage Research On Medical Benefits

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Two Republican Oklahoma lawmakers recently filed bills meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin, and one of the measures would further decriminalize low-level possession of the psychedelic. Reps. Daniel Pae (R) and Logan Phillips (R) introduced the legislation last week. The proposals are designed to give the legislature different options with similar scientific study objectives, but a key difference is that Pae’s would also decriminalize possession of up to one and a half ounces of psilocybin by making it punishable by a fine. To streamline studies into the substance, the 26-year-old lawmaker’s proposal would explicitly authorize research institutes to obtain psilocybin and use it for investigations into treatment efficacy for 10 different conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe depression and opioid use disorder. Eligible institutes would need to obtain a license for the state Department of Health “for the purposes of growing, studying, processing, and/or dispensing psilocybin containing fungi or other naturally occurring source organisms, or studying, extracting, synthesizing, and/or dispensing psilocybin or psilocin,” according to the bill text. People participating in psilocybin clinical trials would need to receive a written certification. Those conducting studies without a license, participating in a study without a certification or otherwise acting out of compliance with the bill would face a maximum $400 fine without the threat of jail time. — 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 become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — Phillips’s separate bill is more prescriptive and doesn’t contain decriminalization language, but he says he supports that policy change…

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