Psychedelics Bills Around The Country: 9 New Proposals, Several Passes, Several Fails And A Successful Local Decriminalization
Throughout the 2023 session, numerous discussions have been held and various measures have been considered around the legalization of psychedelics.
Let’s go over the latest proposed regulations.
Maryland: Newly filed HB0927 would decriminalize the possession of specified levels of certain controlled substances including cocaine, heroin, MDMA, LSD and methadone, proposing to take it from a misdemeanor to a civil fine of $100 and, in cases of people under 21, referral to a state-approved drug education program, first reported Marijuana Moment.
New Mexico: A newly introduced bill would establish a psilocybin advisory group to study and make recommendations towards the establishment of a psilocybin therapy program for the treatment of certain mental health conditions, with interim reports due to legislative committees by the end of 2023 and 2024, and a final report by Dec. 1, 2025.
Vermont: H371 would decriminalize psilocybin possession, dispensing and sales plus establish a psychedelic therapy advisory working group to study the therapeutic potential of several substances which would report to the legislature by the end of 2024.
Minnesota: The new HF1884, together with Senate companion bill SF1954, aims to establish a task force to study and advise on the potential legalization of psychedelics as medicine, the list including psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, mescaline, DMT, ibogaine and ketamine. The advisory council would have to submit two reports to the legislative committees, one by Feb. 1, 2024, and the other by Jan. 1, 2025.
Learn about Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Washington, Utah, Virginia and Hawaii’s bills’ proposals and current status HERE.
Meanwhile, at a local level, a Michigan city has passed a decriminalization measure.
The Ferndale City Council has unanimously approved a resolution decriminalizing psychedelic plants and fungi, joining three other Michigan cities Detroit, Ann Arbor and Hazel Park’s similar reform policies.
Sponsored by the city’s Mayor Kat Bruner James, the measure states that investigations and arrests on possessing, growing, buying, transporting, distributing and generally being engaged in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi will now be a low law enforcement priority.
Learn more on Ferndale’s passed reform HERE.
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