GOP Congressmen Call For Inclusion Of Psychedelics Research Amendments In Defense Bill At Committee Meeting

GOP Congressmen Call For Inclusion Of Psychedelics Research Amendments In Defense Bill At Committee Meeting
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Two GOP congressmen on Tuesday testified before a key House committee in favor of amendments to promote psychedelics research for military service members in a large-scale defense bill. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) spoke about their measures at a House Rules Committee meeting, where members are determining which of the nearly 1,200 filed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will be made in order for floor consideration. Gaetz’s measure would build on an existing provision from Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) that was already attached to the must-pass bill in the House Armed Services Committee. Moulton’s proposal calls for a Department of Defense (DOD) study into marijuana as an alternative to opioids for service members with certain health conditions. Gaetz filed an amendment to expand that to include psilocybin and MDMA. The congressman said that he introduced the measure “because I’ve seen extensive evidence regarding the ability of psilocybin and MDMA to be very helpful to veterans going through PTSD and other forms of traumatic brain injury.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has a virtually identical but separate amendment to NDAA, which Gaetz acknowledged during the Rules meeting. He said that he “did not hear back” after seeking a cosponsorship from her office on his proposal and noted he was surprised to see that she later filed a new version on her own. That said, the congressman said he doesn’t care who gets the credit for it. “I would just like to see those medical opportunities and those research opportunities available for many veterans,” he said. — Marijuana Moment is tracking more than 1,500 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…

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