Colorado Governor Signs Bill To Legalize MDMA Prescriptions Pending Federal Approval

Colorado Governor Signs Bill To Legalize MDMA Prescriptions Pending Federal Approval
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The governor of California has signed a bill to align state statute to legalize MDMA prescriptions if and when the federal government ultimately permits such use. Gov. Jared Polis (D), who recently endorsed the idea of decriminalizing psychedelics, gave final approval to the bipartisan and bicameral legislation on Wednesday. The House cleared the proposal in April before transmitting it to the Senate, where it then passed out of committee and on the floor without amendments. In a setback for advocates, however, House lawmakers separately rejected a different bill in April to create a psychedelics review panel to study substances like psilocybin and DMT and issue recommendations on possible policy changes. The MDMA legislation, meanwhile, will 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.” “It is in the best interests of the people of Colorado that behavioral health professionals in Colorado have the ability to provide MDMA-assisted therapy to treat patients with PTSD and other comorbidities” upon federal approval, it says. — 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…

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