Congress Pushes Military To Consider Psychedelics And Marijuana Therapy, While Other Cannabis Provisions Left Out Of Defense Bill

Congress Pushes Military To Consider Psychedelics And Marijuana Therapy, While Other Cannabis Provisions Left Out Of Defense Bill
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Congressional lawmakers didn’t include marijuana provisions in a must-pass defense bill that was released on Tuesday, but a joint explanatory statement attached to the bill does contain a number of drug policy reform components, including a directive for the military to examine the potential of “plant-based therapies” like cannabis and certain psychedelics for service members. The statement that accompanies the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) goes over the bill’s various provisions, detailing what is included in the legislation and which provisions that previously cleared either the House or Senate were excluded from the final bicameral deal. For advocates, the omission of much-anticipated cannabis banking language comes as a significant disappointment, though there are other potential vehicles for the reform during the lame duck session. While two House-approved psychedelics research sections were omitted from the NDAA package, lawmakers still added language to the report instructing the secretary of defense to conduct a study looking at the “feasibility and advisability of conducting a study on the use of certain pharmacologic or potential plant-based therapies as alternatives to prescription opioids for the treatment of PTSD, TBI, or chronic pain.” The briefing, which would be due on March 1, 2023, must contain an analysis of the following research topics: “1. The types of therapies that could be included in the study 2. The quantitative and qualitative methodologies that could be used to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of such therapies 3. The proposed duration of a study 4. The estimated cost of a study 5. Whether the Department of Defense could monitor study participants while the participants are on terminal leave after such participants have transitioned from military service to veteran status.” The directive doesn’t explicitly say that the study must involve marijuana or any specific psychedelics, but it immediately follows the description of…

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