Maine’s Health and Human Services Committee Votes Down Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Proposal

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The Press Herald reports The Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-3 against legalizing medical use of the psychedelic compound contained in ‘magic mushrooms,’ even after the bill’s sponsor offered to amend it to simply study the issue and possibly offer it as palliative care. State lawmakers quashed a proposal that would have allowed the use of psilocybin to treat depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-3 Tuesday against legalizing medical uses of the psychedelic compound even after the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Donna Bailey, D-Saco, offered to amend the original 40-page bill to simply establish an advisory board to study the issue and possibly offer psilocybin as palliative care. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration designated psilocybin as a breakthrough treatment for drug-resistant depression in 2018 and for major depressive disorder in 2019. Psilocybin is the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, but also can come in pill form. Rep. Michele Meyer, D-Eliot, who co-chairs the committee, suggested she couldn’t support any compromise until the drug had full FDA approval. She also was sympathetic to concerns that the bill would essentially sanction recreational use, an issue first raised by Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s an important discussion,” Meyer said of the treatment option. “This is a breakthrough therapy and it shows promise, but the science is not there yet.” RELATED Maine CDC director opposes legalizing hallucinogenic mushrooms, says more research is needed Advocates said they were disappointed in the decision. Michael Burman, a professor of psychology at the University of New England, said in an email that he understands the concerns of legislators, especially given that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency lists psilocybin and other psychedelics as Schedule 1 drugs, something he ascribed to historic biases…

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