Lawmakers Are Already Pursuing Psychedelics Legislation In Nearly A Dozen States For 2023

Lawmakers Are Already Pursuing Psychedelics Legislation In Nearly A Dozen States For 2023
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Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are already pursuing psychedelics reform legislation for the 2023 session, with proposals ranging from legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use to decriminalizing natural plants and fungi across the board. From Connecticut to California, it’s become quickly apparent in the first few weeks of the new year that psychedelics policy will be a major issue in legislatures across the country this session. What started as a local decriminalization movement is now rapidly evolving at the state level, as well as in Congress. There are currently reform efforts underway in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. That’s expected to expand, with bipartisan lawmakers increasingly comfortable taking on what has historically been viewed as a controversial issue. Here’s an overview of psychedelics legislation that state legislators are working to advance so far this year:  California Sen. Scott Wiener (D) recently refiled a bill to legalize possession of certain psychedelics after his last attempt was derailed in the eleventh hour of the 2022 session. The measure would legalize the “possession, preparation, obtaining, transfer, as specified, or transportation of” specific amounts of psilocybin, psilocyn, DMT, ibogaine and mescaline for personal or facilitated use. Notably, “synthetic” psychedelics like LSD and MDMA would not be legalized, unlike under the provisions of the previous version of Wiener’s legislation. It would also repeal state law prohibiting “any spores or mycelium capable of producing mushrooms or other material which contain psilocybin or psilocyn.” The state ban on drug paraphernalia for the covered substances would also be repealed under the legislation. Colorado Colorado has been a hub of psychedelics reform, largely led by activists. Denver became the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize psilocybin in 2019—and voters in the state approved a historic ballot initiative to legalize certain entheogenic…

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