Psychedelics Reform Developments In Even More States, From Utah To New Hampshire
The psychedelics reform movement is seeing even more psychedelics reform developments, with bill introductions and votes in another set of states as lawmakers across the country continue to advance the issue. The latest iterations are coming out of Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire and Utah. 2023 sessions have proved exceptionally active for psychedelics policy reform, with legislatures across the country considering a wide range of proposals amid growing interest in the therapeutic potential of entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ending the practice of criminalizing people over natural plants and fungi. Here’s an overview of the latest state-level psychedelics developments: Iowa Rep. Jeff Shipley (R) is reviving a bill to remove psilocybin and psilocyn from the state’s list of controlled substances, effectively legalizing the psychedelics. In 2021, the lawmaker brought an identical measure before a legislative committee. It didn’t advance, but the bill helped set the tone for what’s become an expanding national conversation about ending psychedelics criminalization. Shipley told Marijuana Moment that he’s “hoping to schedule a subcommittee for the bill later this month.” The legislator first filed a bill to get the policy change enacted in 2019, and then pursued the idea again the next year as an amendment to a spending bill. The standalone legislation died in committee and the amendment was defeated on the floor. Missouri Sen. Thompson Rehder (R) introduced a bill on Thursday that’s meant to promote research into the therapeutic potential of “alternative medicine and therapies,” including psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), treatment-resistant depression, substance use disorder and in end-of-life care. The legislation calls for the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to collaborate with a Missouri-based hospital operated by a university, as well as a medical center operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs…
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