Maryland Lawmakers Discuss Senate-Passed Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans

Maryland Lawmakers Discuss Senate-Passed Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans
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A Maryland House of Delegates panel on Monday took up a Senate-passed bill to create a state fund that could be used to provide “cost-free” access to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury. The bill was considered in the House Appropriations Committee, where members heard testimony about the necessity of the reform. The panel’s discussion comes weeks after the Senate unanimously passed the legislation from Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D). This development also comes days after the Maryland legislature agreed to put marijuana legalization on the state’s November ballot and sent the governor complementary legislation concerning initial rules for the program if voters approve the policy change. The psychedelics proposal as revised by senators would establish what’s being called the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Alternative Therapies Fund. As originally introduced, the legislation did not include the traumatic brain injury language. “I feel very strongly that this bill has the potential to save lives,” Elfreth said in her opening remarks to delegates on Monday. “Unfortunately, an average of 22 veterans a day in this country commit suicide. We have a lot more work ahead of us to provide adequate mental health support to those veterans and our heroes returning to this country.” Elfreth pointed to ongoing trials into the benefits of psychedelics at Johns Hopkins University, located in Maryland, and other research institutions. “We heard testimony in the Senate from a world-leading scientist doing these trials with the very positive results that they’re seeing,” she said. Last month, the House Appropriations Committee considered nearly identical companion legislation sponsored by Del. Seth Howard (R). Members on that panel adopted several amendments to more closely align the legislation in both chambers, though that legislative vehicle did not advance…

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