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Lessons to learn from Oregon on psychedelics ballot measure

The Massachusetts ballot measure is much more similar to the one that passed two years ago in Colorado… the campaign Massachusetts for Mental Health Options (MMHO) has now submitted another 14,000 signatures to secure ballot placement… “The Natural Psychedelic Substances Act”… [Initiative 23-13 (Version A) 23-14 (Version B)]… The Massachusetts ballot measure sets up a…

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Lawsuit says Oregon’s psilocybin law illegally discriminates against homebound patients who can’t travel to psilocybin service centers

“Defendant OHA’s (Oregon Health Authority’s) refusal to allow accommodations has placed disabled and terminally ill individuals where they would only be able to access needed services by turning to underground sources,” it continues. “For many terminally ill individuals, this means that they will die without having access to psilocybin services that would have substantially benefited…

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American Medical Association (AMA) endorses drug decriminalization

AMA delegates voted in favor of the decriminalization proposal, 345-171 [on Wednesday, June 12, 2024]. The body is calling for the “elimination of criminal penalties for drug possession for personal use as part of a larger set of related public health and legal reforms designed to improve carefully selected outcomes.” …the board did recommend adopting…

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Oregon’s psilocybin industry, a year old, seeks customers

A year in, Oregon’s experiment with the first regulated psilocybin mushroom market in the world is short on customers. …a year of challenges, red tape and waning interest in guided mushroom trips under Oregon’s… legal model… to date, roughly 3,500 clients [from primarily out-of-state] have taken a supervised trip in one of Oregon’s 25 psilocybin…

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DEA should improve…

…its religious exemptions petition process says the United States Government Accountability Office… The process and reported barriers that exist in the legal access and use of psilocybin for religious practices under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993… According to DEA officials, in 2019, DEA initiated the drafting of a notice of proposed rulemaking related…

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Psychedelics paid for by work? It’s coming

The suite of benefits your company offers may one day look like this: vision, dental, 401(k) match and psychedelic-assisted therapy for mental health. A small but growing number of companies are already offering that last one… offering psychedelic benefits to employees is still in its infancy, but it is increasingly seen as a potential way to…

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