Maryland Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans Takes Effect Without Governor’s Signature

Maryland Bill To Fund Psychedelics Research And Access For Veterans Takes Effect Without Governor’s Signature
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The governor of Maryland announced on Friday that he will allow a bill to create a state fund to provide “cost-free” access to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury to take effect without his signature. The measure from Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D) passed unanimously through both legislative chambers before being sent to Gov. Larry Hogan (R). Rather than sign it into law or veto it, however, Hogan included the legislation in a list of measures that will be enacted without his proactive support. That’s similar to what he did last month when he allowed a separate piece of marijuana legislation become law without his signature. That bill creates initial rules for an adult-use legalization program if voters approve the reform at the ballot, which they will have the chance to do this November under a different measure that was enacted by the legislature this session. The psychedelics bill, meanwhile, will establish what’s being called the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Alternative Therapies Fund. It stipulates that money from that fund must be used to study “the use of alternative therapies for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.” In March, the House Appropriations Committee also considered nearly identical companion legislation sponsored by Del. Seth Howard (R). Members at the time adopted several amendments to more closely align the legislation in both chambers. It also passed in the House on second reading, but it is not the vehicle for the reform because it didn’t advance through its chamber of origin ahead of the crossover deadline. — 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…

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