Washington State Legislature Approves $200,000 In Psilocybin Research Funding In Budget

Washington State Legislature Approves 0,000 In Psilocybin Research Funding In Budget
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The Washington State legislature on Thursday sent a budget bill to the governor’s desk that includes a proposal to direct $200,000 in funding to support a new workgroup to study the possibility of legalizing psilocybin services in the state, including the idea of using current marijuana regulatory systems to track psychedelic mushrooms. If the legislation is signed by Gov. Jay Inslee (D), the Psilocybin Wellness Workgroup will be charged with developing a “report on psilocybin services wellness and opportunities in consultation with stakeholders,” the relatively short section of the 864-page budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023 states. Much of the focus of the psilocybin section focuses on analysis and possible improvements to a stalled Senate bill that would have legalized so-called “supported psilocybin experiences” by adults 21 and older. That legislation would have allowed individuals to consume products containing psilocybin and psilocin under the support of a trained and state-licensed psilocybin service administrator. The workgroup will be tasked with examining current state systems that “monitor manufacturing, testing, and tracking of cannabis to determine suitability and adaptations required for use with psilocybin” It would also review and make recommendations on ensuring the there’s “equitable access to a potential legal psilocybin industry.” This development comes shortly after activists in the state filed a proposed November ballot initiative to legalize psilocybin for use in settings with trained facilitators. The panel will be administered through the state Health Care Authority, in partnership with other agencies, and the budget legislation spells out who will comprise the new group. That includes representatives or heads of the Department of Health, the Liquor and Cannabis Board, the Department of Agriculture, a military veteran or representative of a veterans organization, up to two “indigenous practitioners” with experience with psilocybin or other psychedelics, a psychologist familiar with psilocybin, a nursing…

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