New York Lawmakers Discuss Competing Psychedelics Reform Bills Ahead Of Key Deadline

New York Lawmakers Discuss Competing Psychedelics Reform Bills Ahead Of Key Deadline
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With just a month left before the end of New York’s legislative session, lawmakers sponsoring differing psychedelics reform legislation recently participated in a discussion on the path forward for psilocybin in the Empire State. Assemblymembers Linda Rosenthal (D) and Pat Burke (D) talked about their competing proposals at the virtual symposium, hosted by the Sanctuary for Independent Media, late last month. About 150 people attended the event, with the Zoom chat flooded with activists, doctors and concerned citizens from around the state. Rosenthal has sponsored two psychedelics reform bills in the legislature: one to create a “psychedelic research institute” tasked with studying the therapeutic potential of the substances for certain conditions and making policy recommendations, and another to broadly decriminalize psilocybin. “We have more than enough evidence from 7,000 years of use [that psychedelics are effective], but also very mainstream universities where researchers say ‘yes, this works.’ That’s enough for me,” Rosenthal said. “Let’s stop with the interim steps. We’ve waited long enough.” Burke, meanwhile, is sponsoring A8569, which would legalize the medical use of psilocybin for certified patients in clinical settings. Trained facilitators could obtain the psychedelic through a pilot program that would be established under the measure, or synthetic psilocybin if such a drug is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). — 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. — The measure also calls for the creation of a 14-person psilocybin therapy advisory board consisting of experts who would be responsible for issuing…

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