Watch Live: Psychedelics Activists Protest At DEA Headquarters To Demand Psilocybin Access For Terminal Patients

Watch Live: Psychedelics Activists Protest At DEA Headquarters To Demand Psilocybin Access For Terminal Patients
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Activists are staging a demonstration outside of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) headquarters in Virginia on Monday to demand that the agency allow terminally ill patients to access psilocybin therapy. The event—which is set to include civil disobedience and possible arrests—is meant to call attention to DEA’s obstruction of Right to Try statutes at the federal and state level that patients and advocates say should facilitate use of psychedelics. Patients, veterans and key advocates will be participating in the demonstration. One terminally ill patient, Erinn Baldeschwiler, is involved in ongoing litigation against DEA over its refusal to give her access to psilocybin. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps CEO David Bronner, who has been involved in numerous drug policy reform reform campaigns, will be there. Advocates based in D.C. such as Psychedelic Medicine Coalition’s Melissa Lavasani and Decriminalize Nature DC co-founder Adam Eidinger are also participating. Watch the psychedelics demonstration outside of DEA headquarters live in the video below:  “To absolutely prohibit access, when state and federal law are intended to allow access, that is impermissible,” Kathryn Tucker, who is representing Baldeschwiler in the legal challenge against DEA, said. “These dying patients could have immediate, substantial, and sustained relief from debilitating anxiety and depression.” “Why anyone would obstruct access to that kind of relief for a dying patient is impossible to comprehend,” she said. Advocates have pointed out that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already granted psilocybin a “breakthrough therapy” designation. In February, a Seattle doctor specializing in end-of-life care filed a formal petition with DEA challenging the government’s Schedule I classification of psilocybin, the main psychoactive component of psychedelic mushrooms. The petition requests the agency to reschedule psilocybin as a less-restricted Schedule II drug, pointing to its relatively low potential for abuse and “exceptional promise in relieving debilitating symptoms in…

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