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Nevada Lawmakers File Bill To Legalize Psilocybin And MDMA For Research And Adult Use

Nevada lawmakers have introduced a bill to legalize psilocybin and promote research into the psychedelic, as well as encourage studies of MDMA.

The legislation from Sen. Rochelle Nguyen (D) is primarily meant to streamline the process of studying psilocybin and MDMA. But it also contains a section that removes criminal and civil penalties for adults who possess, cultivate or share up to four ounces of psilocybin.

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We have a mental health crisis in our state. Our current laws are holding us back from potentially life-changing and life-saving treatments, which is why I just introduced #SB242 to legalize psilocybin research in Nevada. #nvleg

— Rochelle Thuy Nguyen (@rochellenguyen) March 9, 2023

Under the measure, researchers would be able to submit an application to study either of the psychedelics to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Regulators would need to develop rules on criteria for approving those applicants.

The research part of the legislation also provides legal protections against state-level prosecution for people who are involved in such studies, including the participants and those conducting the trials.

Studies would have to center on the potential mental health applications of the substances, such as the treatment

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