Maryland Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans Goes To Governor’s Desk

Maryland Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans Goes To Governor’s Desk
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Maryland lawmakers sent a bill to the governor on Friday 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 bill from Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D) unanimously passed the Senate (46-0) last month and then also cleared the House of Delgates unanimously (135-0) on Friday, shortly following committee consideration and a second reading in the chamber. The final vote came on the same day that Gov. Larry Hogan (D) allowed a separate piece of marijuana legislation become law without his signature, creating initial rules for an adult-use legalization program if voters approve the reform at the ballot, which they will have the chance to do this November under a different measure that was enacted by the legislature. The psychedelics bill, meanwhile, 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.” — 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 at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our marijuana bill tracker and become a supporter on Patreon to get access. — Last month, the House Appropriations Committee also considered nearly identical companion legislation sponsored by Del. Seth Howard (R). Members at the time adopted several amendments to more closely align the legislation in both chambers. It also passed in the House on second reading last week, but it is not the vehicle for the reform because it…

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