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Rhode Island Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Psilocybin And Prepare For Regulated Therapeutic Access

A Rhode Island House committee has approved a bill that would legalize possession and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms, while taking steps to prepare for regulated therapeutic access pending federal reform.

The House Judiciary Committee, which held an initial hearing on the legislation from Rep. Brandon Potter (D) in March, passed the bill with amendments in a 12-2 vote on Tuesday.

The next stop for the bill will be the House floor.

Meanwhile, a Senate companion version from Sen. Megan Kallman (D) received a hearing in the chamber’s respective committee last week, but members agreed to hold it for further study before potentially scheduling a vote in that chamber.

The legislation would remove criminal penalties for possessing and cultivating up to one ounce of psilocybin for personal use, and people would also be able to share that amount with other adults—beginning on July 1.

It further says that, if the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reschedules the psychedelic, which the agency has already designated as a breakthrough therapy, then the Rhode Island Department of Health “shall establish rules and regulations pertaining to cultivation, distribution and medical prescription.”

In the event that FDA expands its access program, the state department would

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