New York and Washington Legislatures Consider Legalizing Psilocybin

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By Brett Mulligan Legislators in New York and Washington state recently introduced bills to legalize psilocybin services. While Washington’s proposed legislation tracks Oregon’s “adult use” model, New York follows a “medicinal” model. This blog post summarizes the legislation in both states and explains the differences and similarities in adult use versus medicinal models of psilocybin legalization. New York: the “Medicinal” Approach Assembly Bill 8569 would legalize psilocybin services only for medical purposes and require that a patient is “certified” before receiving treatment. A patient can be certified if they are a New York resident or are receiving medical care in New York, under the continuing care of a practitioner who believes the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from psilocybin, and the patient is diagnosed with any of the following: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, PTSD, chronic pain, substance use disorder, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, or any other condition certified by the patient’s practitioner. Practitioners would need a new psilocybin-license before they could certify patients for treatment. To get one, a practitioner would need to complete a two-hour course, the details of which would be determined by the New York State Department of Health. Practitioners would certify patients for a specific period of time, or for the entire life of the patient. Once certified, a patient (or their caregiver) would get a registry card allowing them to receive psilocybin. Psilocybin treatment would only occur indoors at a licensed psilocybin service center under the supervision of a licensed facilitator. Individuals under the age of 18 could receive psilocybin services if they are a certified patient and with the approval of the…

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