Georgia Lawmakers Approve Bill To Create Psychedelic Study Committee

Georgia Lawmakers Approve Bill To Create Psychedelic Study Committee
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Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bipartisan resolution that calls for the formation of a House study committee to investigate the therapeutic potential of psychedelics like psilocybin and make recommendations for reforms. The legislation, sponsored by House Appropriations Public Safety Subcommittee Chairman Bill Hitchens (R), was taken up by the House Defense And Veterans Affairs Committee and approved unanimously via a voice vote. That panel’s chair, Rep. Heath Clark (R), is a cosponsor of the measure. Before the vote, lawmakers discussed the potential therapeutic value of psychedelics for military veterans. “I certainly have a place in my heart for people who have post-traumatic stress syndrome and who’ve been able to overcome it through this treatment,” Hitchens, a Vietnam War veteran, told fellow lawmakers. “It’s probably a real opportunity for some people to essentially save their lives.” Clark, the panel’s chairman, said that “everybody here would be in agreement that we are looking for opportunities to help serve veterans, and further their ability to be productive members after their service to this country.” The resolution starts with a section that discusses the need for effective treatments for major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder for military veterans. The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program located within the state has “experience in both veteran treatment and psychedelic treatments, and studies show substantial evidence that supports psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of depressive disorders,” the text of the measure states. Rep. Josh Bonner (R), who serves as a floor leader for Gov. Brian Kemp (R), said he thinks the idea is “an admirable project.” “Veterans that are seeking treatment…are willing to go wherever they believe there’s any possibility of success,” he said. “I would certainly be in support of hosting that kind of success here in Georgia. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than…

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