The Missouri House is one step closer to passing a bill that would legalize psilocybin therapy for certain patients while promoting research into the psychedelic and expanding the scope of the state’s existing “Right to Try” law for seriously ill people.
The bill from Rep. Dan Houx (R) has moved through several committees, and now the full chamber has given initial approval to an amended version on Wednesday—setting the stage for final passage, potentially next week.
Houx said on the floor ahead of the vote that psilocybin is “a natural substance that is helping our veterans throughout the state and throughout the country—actually around the world.”
As introduced, the legislation focused on authorizing research into psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine. The sponsor’s proposed revision struck specific language on those latter two substances, but it also significantly expands the scope of the bill in other respects—including by providing more comprehensive legal protections for people who use, possess, cultivate and administer psilocybin for certain therapeutic purposes.
There are a series of conditions for the legal protection from local or state prosecution. For example, the person receiving psilocybin treatment would need to be 21 and have a diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major
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