The governor of Colorado has officially signed a bill to create a regulatory framework for legal psychedelics under a voter-approved initiative.
About three weeks after the legislature passed the measure from the Senate president, Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed the legislation into law on Tuesday.
Overall, the bill will set up regulations for a psychedelics legalization law that voters passed at the ballot last year, largely focusing on rules for using the substances in licensed healing centers under the guidance of facilitators. The proposal has received mixed feedback from advocates and stakeholders.
The ballot measure called for the creation of an advisory board to develop regulatory recommendations to inform more holistic legislation covering such access, but as that process continues, the bill was introduced and passed last month to establish rules.
The legislation establishes policies on “healing centers” where adults 21 and older will be able to receive psychedelic treatment, tightens up rules on cultivation and facilitators, creates licensing requirements, dictates state agency regulatory responsibilities and imposes penalties for unsanctioned activities.
Here are some of the key components of the newly signed bill:
The bill maintains the voter-approved ballot measure’s policy of placing no limits on personal possession of psilocybin, ibogaine, mescaline (not derived from
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