Hawaii Senators Amend Psilocybin Study Resolution To Make Access Contingent On Federal Approval

Hawaii Senators Amend Psilocybin Study Resolution To Make Access Contingent On Federal Approval
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Hawaii senators on Wednesday approved two identical resolutions to request the formation of a psilocybin working group that would explore the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic, though the measures were amended to make provisions on developing a plan for patient access contingent on federal approval of the substance. The Senate Health Committee took up the non-binding Senate resolution and Senate concurrent resolution, both sponsored by Sen. Chris Lee (D), who serves as chair of the Judiciary Committee. The identical proposals advanced unanimously, but with two senators expressing reservations. Meanwhile, the full Hawaii Senate approved a similar proposal earlier this month in the form of an actual binding bill that directs, rather than merely requests, that the state Department of Health form the psilocybin working group. It has since been referred to several House committees but has not yet been scheduled for any hearings or votes in that chamber, perhaps prompting senators to advance the new resolutions as a back-up plan. The whereas sections of the new measures state that while there are existing approved medicines, they “do not treat all mental health conditions” and studies “indicate that psilocybin has shown efficacy, tolerability, and safety in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions, including addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, and end-of-life psychological distress.” The Senate separately approved non-binding resolutions with similar language and directives last year. But whereas the current resolutions contain clauses calling on the working group to “develop a long—term strategic plan to ensure the availability of therapeutic psilocybin or psilocybin—based products that are safe, accessible, and affordable for adults twenty—one years of age or older,” that section was amended in committee on Wednesday to make it so the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would first need to act before the state would help facilitate patient access…

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