Colorado Senators Approve Psychedelics Regulation Bill With Amendments In Committee

Colorado senators have approved a bill in committee to set up a regulatory framework for legal psychedelics under a voter-approved initiative.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the legislation from Senate President Steve Fenberg (D), with amendments, in a 5-2 vote on Thursday, sending it to the Appropriations Committee.

Overall, the bill seeks to 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 so far—including in hours of testimony at Thursday’s hearing.

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 Senate president filed a separate bill this week to establish rules.

The legislation seeks to set policies on “healing centers” where adults 21 and older could receive psychedelic treatment, tighten up rules on cultivation and facilitators, establish licensing requirements, dictate state agency regulatory responsibilities and impose penalties for unsanctioned activities.

Members of the committee adopted two amendments during a hearing on Thursday. One is meant to

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