Missouri Lawmakers Discuss GOP-Led Psychedelics Therapy And Decriminalization Bill In Committee

Missouri Lawmakers Discuss GOP-Led Psychedelics Therapy And Decriminalization Bill In Committee
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A Missouri House committee on Monday held a hearing on a GOP-led bill to legalize a wide range of psychedelics for therapeutic use at designated care facilities while further decriminalizing low-level possession in general. Members of the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee took testimony from researchers who spoke to the therapeutic potential of psychedelics like psilocybin, DMT, mescaline and ibogaine. The panel was also expected to hear from military veterans and law enforcement professionals who back the reform but ran out of time and recessed with the intent to reconvene later. Rep. Tony Lovasco (R) is sponsoring the legislation, which was filed earlier this month and would provide patients with certain serious conditions like treatment-resistant depression, PTSD and terminal illnesses access to various psychedelics substances. Lovasco told fellow lawmakers that these “types of products are specifically helpful” for those maladies “as well as anxiety and a few other types of conditions.” “Generally speaking, if something is provided to you legally for the purposes of medicine you probably shouldn’t be prosecuted for that,” he said, adding that states like Oregon and Oklahoma have recently moved to reform their laws around psychedelics either at the ballot or legislatively. “This is not exactly a new idea, but the concept of using these compounds—psilocybin specifically—is becoming more and more researched in the past years,” he said. “This isn’t a recreational program that allows people to be using these substances. Part of the purpose of this bill is simply to provide an expansion to Missouri’s current right to try law and statutes that allow folks that have debilitating conditions to have an option to have an alternative treatment.” — 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…

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