Maryland Lawmakers Discuss Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans In Committee

Maryland Lawmakers Discuss Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans In Committee
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A Maryland House of Delegates committee on Tuesday held a hearing on a bill to create a state fund that could be used to provide access to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The measure, which is being considered as separate proposals to legalize marijuana in the state are advancing in the legislature, would also support research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelic substances. The House Appropriations Committee discussed the legislation, sponsored by Del. Seth Howard (R), weeks after the Senate Budget and Taxation and Finance Committee took up that chamber’s companion version from Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D).

The proposal 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, the dollars would also be appropriated under the bill to improve “access to alternative therapies for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.” “The use of alternative therapies and treatment of PTSD for active duty members and veterans has proven to be an extremely powerful tool in combating the ongoing suicide epidemic that we all know our veteran community is facing,” Howard said at Tuesday’s hearing. “Legislators across the country are realizing that we must utilize every tool we have at our disposal to help bring an end to the suicide epidemic that is taking the lives of so many of our veterans,” the delegate said. While the Senate and House versions are virtually identical, the Senate bill specifies that the fund could be used to provide “cost-free” access to those alternative treatments, rather than simply to improve access as is the case in the House measure. The state Department of Health would be required to “periodically” consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Johns Hopkins…

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