Maryland House of Delegates committee takes up Senate-passed bill to establish state fund that could be used to provide “cost-free” access to psychedelics

Maryland House of Delegates committee takes up Senate-passed bill to establish state fund that could be used to provide “cost-free” access to psychedelics
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The Beard Brothers site reports On Monday, a Maryland House of Delegates committee took up a Senate-passed bill to establish a state fund that could be used to provide “cost-free” access to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine to military veterans suffering from those all-too-common afflictions. This comes on the tail end of another decision concerning cannabis reform–Maryland legislature voted to place marijuana legalization on the November ballot and gave the governor supplemental legislation outlining the program’s initial guidelines if voters approve the policy shift. State Fund Bill Officially On The Table The bill was heard in the House Appropriations Committee, where members heard testimony supporting the reform’s importance. The panel’s deliberation comes only weeks after the Senate unanimously enacted Sen. Sarah Elfreth’s proposal (D). Senators’ amended psychedelics proposal would create the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Alternative Therapies Fund. However, it’s worth noting that the traumatic brain injury wording was not included in the legislation when it was first submitted. Reform Desperately Needed For Veterans Unfortunately, the statistics are grim: 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States every day. We have a lot more work to do to ensure that veterans and heroes returning to our country receive sufficient mental health care. In the Senate, testimony was heard from a world-renowned scientist who is conducting these experiments and reporting very encouraging findings. So it is encouraging to see that the proposal addressed by the committee on Monday requires that funds be used to research “the use of alternative therapies for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.” Furthermore, it aims to provide eligible veterans with “cost-free access” to psychedelics–making access to therapies even easier for those hardest-hit veterans. [RELATED READING: Psychedelics & Mental Health] Psychedelics Funding Framework The state Department of Health would be compelled to meet with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and the Walter Reed…

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