Virginia Home Republicans have voted down a invoice that will have allowed docs to prescribe psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” for therapy of a small set of psychological well being situations.
A GOP-led Home Courts of Justice subcommittee voted 5-2 Wednesday to defeat the laws in a approach that leaves open the potential for revisiting it later, TV station WRIC reported.
The measure was sponsored by Del. Daybreak Adams, a nurse practitioner who tried unsuccessfully final 12 months to decriminalize psilocybin. The invoice would have allowed docs to prescribe the hallucinogen for situations together with post-traumatic stress dysfunction and end-of-life nervousness. Adams advised the TV station a rising physique of analysis helps the usage of psilocybin in such instances.
Adams mentioned her invoice took the identical strategy as a 2015 regulation that received the approval of Republicans and opened the door for the usage of CBD.
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“We’re not making an attempt to make it authorized. We’re simply making an attempt to make it not unlawful for sure individuals,” Adams mentioned.
Nobody spoke in opposition to the invoice throughout public remark, in keeping with the station, however some Republicans mentioned they weren’t able to assist it.
Del. Rob Bell, who chairs the total Home Courts of Justice Committee, mentioned the matter was too complicated for this 12 months’s quick legislative session.
A Senate invoice but to obtain a listening to would arrange an advisory board to develop a plan for “establishing therapeutic entry to psilocybin companies” and monitor federal legal guidelines and rules.
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Different states have lately taken steps to open the door to authorized psilocybin use.
In November 2020, Oregon turned the primary state to legalize therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms. Colorado voters final 12 months handed a poll initiative to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms for individuals 21 and older and to create state-regulated “therapeutic facilities” the place members can expertise the drug underneath supervision.