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Washington Senators Strip Psilocybin Bill Of Major Provisions, With Advocates Blaming Governor

A Washington State Senate committee approved a massive overhaul to a psilocybin services bill on Thursday, gutting sections that would have legalized use of the psychedelic drug by adults—and reform advocates in the state are blaming the governor for being behind the move.

As originally filed last month, SB 5263 would have put Washington on the road to regulating psilocybin services much like its neighbor Oregon. Adults 21 and older would have been able to legally use the drug with the support of a trained facilitator, and regulators would have begun accepting license applications for product manufacturers, service centers and product testing labs by September 2025.

The new changes to the bill made in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee scrap those provisions, constraining the proposal to simply studying the issue. Rather than commit to legalization, the revised bill would aim to “provide advice and recommendations on developing a comprehensive regulatory framework for access to regulated psilocybin.”

While the revised legislation still makes references to potential licensing of businesses and service providers in the future, it specifies no timeline for those provisions to take effect.

Mason Marks, a senior fellow and project lead on the Project on Psychedelics Law and

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