Montana Lawmakers Defeat Psilocybin Therapy Legalization Bill

Montana lawmakers have defeated a bill that would have legalized psilocybin therapy for adults with certain medical conditions. However, there’s talk about moving a more limited measure to study possible psychedelics reforms.

The House Human Services Committee took up the legislation from Rep. Jill Cohenour (D) in a hearing on Wednesday. Members then rejected the measure in an executive session in a 9-12 vote on Thursday.

The bill would have allowed adults 18 and older with one of four qualifying conditions to access the psychedelic in a regulated, therapeutic setting with professionals. The qualifying conditions were post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and substance use disorders.

Cohenour said during Wednesday’s committee hearing that psychedelics reform is “becoming such an up-and-coming thing that we really wanted to get this conversation in front of the legislature.” She pointed to psychedelic legalization developments in California, Colorado and Oregon.

The Department of Revenue would have been responsible for issuing medical psilocybin cards to patients who provide the necessary documentation, as well as business licenses for therapeutic psilocybin treatment centers.

Those centers would have bee n permitted to cultivate and administer the psychedelic as prescribed by the law and overseen by the department.

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