Colorado Bill To Legalize MDMA Prescriptions Heads To Governor Following Senate Passage

Colorado Bill To Legalize MDMA Prescriptions Heads To Governor Following Senate Passage
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The Colorado Senate on Friday approved a House-passed bill to align state statute to legalize MDMA prescriptions if and when the federal government ultimately permits such use, sending the measure to the governor. The House cleared the legislation earlier this month before transmitting it to the Senate, where it passed out of committee and on the floor without amendments by a vote of 34-0. That means it’s now moving to the desk of Gov. Jared Polis (D). The bipartisan and bicameral legislation is being sponsored by Reps. Patrick Neville (R) and David Ortiz (D), along with Sens. John Cooke (R) and Joann Ginal (D).

In a setback for advocates, however, House lawmakers separately rejected a different bill this month to create a psychedelics review panel to study substances like psilocybin and DMT and issue recommendations on possible policy changes. The MDMA legislation, meanwhile, would legalize “prescribing, dispensing, transporting, possessing, and using” MDMA if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the substance as a prescription drug. The bill states that that MDMA is “highly effective if paired with talk therapy and counseling” and notes that “it is widely expected that the federal Food and Drug Administration will approve MDMA-assisted therapy for prescription use for PTSD as soon as 2023.” — 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. — Activists in Colorado might feel encouraged to see the modest reform measure advancing, but not everyone is waiting around for the legislature to act. There are two campaigns seeking to…

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