Colorado Governor Backs Psychedelics Reform And Says Prohibition Inhibits Research Into Medical Benefits

Colorado Governor Backs Psychedelics Reform And Says Prohibition Inhibits Research Into Medical Benefits
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The governor of Colorado voiced support for decriminalizing psychedelics and said that research into the substances is showing promise for their therapeutic potential for certain mental health conditions. Gov. Jared Polis (D) was asked about the issue during a recent podcast interview with Reason. While he didn’t specifically say whether he supports efforts to broadly legalize entheogenic substances like psilocybin, he did say, “I generally don’t think that things like that should be dealt with through a criminal setting.” Polis also noted that Denver voters approved a local measure to decriminalize so-called magic mushrooms in 2019, making it the first city in the U.S. to do so, and that activists are also collecting signatures for statewide initiatives to place broader psychedelics reform on the ballot. “I don’t know whether they’re going to get the signatures,” the governor told Reason’s Nick Gillespie. But regardless of the outcome of that effort, he said that he’s generally opposed to criminalizing people who choose to use the currently illicit substances and that prohibition creates unnecessary research barriers. Psychedelics “might have some therapeutic uses around people that are trying to get off of opioids or people [with] major issues with depression or anxiety,” Polis said. “There are some clinical studies that have been done—and frankly, the clinical studies are inhibited by the illegality of some of the substances. So it’s very frustrating.” Listen to Polis discuss psychedelics and marijuana, starting around 12:30 into the audio below:  The governor said that scientists have similarly been restricted in their research into the benefits of marijuana under federal prohibition.Before addressing psychedelics policy, Polis spoke generally about his support for civil liberties across ideological divides and how he’s “very proud” that Colorado was among the first states to legalize cannabis, even if he doesn’t personally partake.”I don’t use…

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