The list of states where lawmakers are pursuing psychedelics reform this session continues to grow, with new bills being filed in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oklahoma.
More than a dozen state legislatures have seen psychedelics proposals introduced in the first weeks of 2023 as the local decriminalization movement expands, bringing in legislators from diverse political backgrounds.
Here’s a rundown of the latest proposals:
A placeholder bill from Rep. Michelle Cook (D), who serves as deputy speaker, would appropriate a currently unspecified amount of state funds to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the current fiscal year to establish a “psychedelic-assisted therapy pilot program.”
The legislation, which will be referred to the House Public Health Committee after the final text is released, is more limited than a separate psychedelic proposal that another Connecticut lawmaker intends to file.
According to the placeholder description of that measure, the bill will seek to legalize “the use of psilocybin for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, including, but not limited to, the provision of physical, mental or behavioral health care.”
Last year, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) separately signed a large-scale budget bill that includes provisions to set the state up to provide certain patients
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