Legal and Policy Issues

Legal and policy issues surrounding psychedelics.

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Kansas City-area politicians pick between war on drugs or treatment when spending opioid settlement cash

Cities and counties in the metro are starting to spend windfalls from legal settlements with companies that made, shipped and sold opioids. While some prioritize law enforcement efforts to reduce drugs on the street, others try to attack demand by getting people into treatment. Johnson County spent the biggest piece of its opioid settlement windfall […]

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Police demand psychedelic access at UN conference

Police Need Access to Psychedelic Therapy Urgently

Law enforcement officers are on the frontline of our communities, often facing situations that leave enduring marks on their mental health. Yet, the very people tasked with upholding the law may face the biggest barriers in accessing therapies that could alleviate their trauma. In this episode, we’re bringing a panel of experts together—including former police

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The War on Drugs: A Look Back and the Path Forward with MAPS

In the mid-1980s, America was deeply entrenched in its War on Drugs. The media was saturated with sensationalized headlines about the dangers of drug use and trade. One such article, titled “The Losing War Against ‘Designer Drugs’,” was featured in the June 24th, 1985 issue of Business Week. The article discussed the cat-and-mouse game of

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U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw from Houston TX

Dan Crenshaw’s psychedelic therapy bill gets Wild Coalition

Conservative lawmakers don’t typically advocate for loosening drug restrictions, but a bill that Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw recently introduced into the U.S. House does just that. Crenshaw’s bill would direct the Secretary of Defense to fund treatment and studies on drugs like psilocybin and MDMA for active-duty military with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. Private

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Planning a trip? Oregon’s magic mushroom experiment advances

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s pioneering experiment with legalized magic mushrooms took a step closer to reality as the first “facilitators” who will accompany clients as they experience the drug received their state licenses, authorities said Tuesday. Voters approved the regulated use of psilocybin in a 2020 ballot measure, and anticipation has been building over the past 2

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The psychedelic renaissance is undergoing a dramatic resurgence.

Mapping Psychedelic Drug Policy Reform As the psychedelic renaissance contributes to a swelling pool of safety and efficacy data pertaining to the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic medicine, many localities—particularly in North America—are revising their legal frameworks. This is happening in a number of ways: from the least rigorous incarnation which involves making the enforcement

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Missouri House Bill 1154

Update 3/30/23: HB1154 does contain amended language including provisions for therapeutic use. I apologize for the confusion. Please attend our Zoom Orientation on Apr 2 at 730pm for up to date info and clarification!! -LC Hello Friend! I’m Lauren, a group organizer for the Psychedelic Society of St Louis. Thank you for subscribing to our

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A client ingesting psilocybin will typically be in a space with a sleeping mat or a couch so they can lie down as the effects of the drug begin. They are also encouraged to use eye masks and headphones with soothing music, stuffed animals, or anything that helps them feel safe.

Oregon Closer to Magic Mushroom Therapy, but Has Setback

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon was taking a major step Friday in its pioneering of legalized psilocybin therapy with the graduation of the first students trained in accompanying patients tripping on psychedelic mushrooms, although a company’s bankruptcy has left another group on the same path adrift. The graduation ceremony for 35 students was being held

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Oregon Decriminalized Drugs. What Happened Next?

In 2020, Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 110 and decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs by reducing criminal possession offenses from misdemeanors to civil violations. Measure 110 also significantly increases funding for needed addiction services, including low-barrier and culturally competent substance use disorder treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services. Brian Pacheco, Managing Director,

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Four Midwestern states could soon decriminalize magic mushrooms

Lawmakers in four Midwestern states are introducing legislation this year to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms, or magic mushrooms, which has become increasingly embraced as a breakthrough psychiatric treatment amid a growing U.S. mental health crisis. Since Colorado voters made history in 2020 when they voted to legalize psilocybin — the psychoactive component of magic mushrooms —

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