Maryland House Gives Initial Approval To Senate-Passed Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans

Maryland House Gives Initial Approval To Senate-Passed Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans
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The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday gave initial approval to a Senate-passed bill that would create a state fund 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 legislation from Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D) advanced on a voice vote on second reading one day after the House Appropriations Committee passed it. Assuming that delegates don’t adopt any amendments on a third reading vote, which is expected soon, the bill would then head to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan (R). There was no discussion of the bill on the floor on Friday, but Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh (D) and other lawmakers did talk about its provisions and potential during Thursday’s panel voting session. McIntosh said that she’d watched a “60 Minutes” segment featuring military veterans who’d used certain psychedelics to treat symptoms of PTSD and anxiety. She said “it was incredible what the transformation was in the use of these drugs—and it’s giving a lot of people now some real hope that they can actually do treatment.”

Another member said that the alarming rate of veteran suicide is “an issue that has touched all of us, and anything we can do, conventionally or alternatively, we should be doing.” This latest action 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 would establish what’s being called the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Alternative Therapies Fund. It stipulates that money from that fund must be used to study “the use of alternative therapies for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.” The Appropriations…

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