New Mexico lawmakers advanced legislation on Wednesday to create a state body that would study the the possibility of launching a psilocybin therapy program for patients with certain mental health conditions who could benefit from using the psychedelic.
The House Health and Human Services approved the bill, sponsored by Rep. Christine Trujillo (D), in a unanimous voice vote. The measure now heads to the House Appropriations & Finance Committee.
Rep. Elizabeth Thomson (D), the panel’s chair, recounted hearing “fascinating” testimony at an earlier meeting and receiving Twitter direct messages from people “who said this saved their lives.”
“If they hadn’t had this, they would have committed suicide,” she said. “So that was pretty strong for me.”
Rep. Stefani Lord (R) said she’s seen research showing that psilocybin “works tremendously” for conditions like PTSD and depression.
“It works for a lot of different things,” she told fellow committee members.
The legislation would establish an eight-member Psilocybin Advisory Group appointed by the governor that would be responsible for studying and making recommendations on the “feasibility” of creating a psilocybin therapy program.
Members would specifically need to consider policies to create a regulatory framework for psilocybin cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing, as well as
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