Maryland Senate Bill Would Provide ‘Cost-Free Access’ To Psychedelics For Military Veterans

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A group of Maryland senators recently filed a bill that would create a state fund that could be used to provide free access to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while also supporting research into their therapeutic potential. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D), would establish what’s being called the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Alternative Therapies Fund. In addition to funding research into psychedelics through the state Department of Health, money would also be appropriated under the bill to provide “cost-free access to alternative therapies” for the target community. Further, it says that regulators must periodically “consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Sheppard Pratt, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center” on the use of entheogenic substances for PTSD. There are also reporting requirements that could set the stage for future legislation on providing regulated access to psychedelics for therapeutic use. — 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. — The Maryland Department of Health would need to first submit a report to the governor and legislation with “initial findings and recommendations” by December 1, 2022. Two years later, there would be another deadline for findings and recommendations that are based on studies that were specifically funded through the PTSD fund. The report must include “any findings regarding the efficacy of alternative therapies as treatment for post–traumatic stress disorder,” as well as “recommendations on budgetary, legislative, or regulatory changes…

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