Colorado Senators Approve House-Passed MDMA Legalization Bill In Committee

Marijuana Moment reports

A Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a House-passed bill to align state statute to legalize MDMA prescriptions if and when the federal government ultimately permits such use.

The House cleared the bill earlier this month, and now the Senate Health & Human Services Committee approved it in a 5-0 vote, sending it to the Committee of the Whole.

The bipartisan and bicameral legislation is being sponsored by Reps. Patrick Neville (R) and David Ortiz (D), along with Sens. John Cooke (R) and Joann Ginal (D).

“MDMA-assisted therapy has already shown incredible results in the stage three clinical trials for individuals suffering from severe PTSD,” Ginal told committee members. “I ask for your support on this bill.”

In a setback for advocates, House lawmakers separately rejected a different bill this month to create a psychedelics review panel to study substances like psilocybin and DMT and issue recommendations on possible policy changes.

The MDMA legislation, meanwhile, would legalize “prescribing, dispensing, transporting, possessing, and using” MDMA if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the substance as a prescription drug.

The bill states that that MDMA is “highly effective if paired with talk therapy and counseling” and notes that “it is widely expected that the federal Food and Drug Administration will approve MDMA-assisted therapy for prescription use for PTSD as soon as 2023.”


Colorado Senators Approve House-Passed MDMA Legalization Bill In Committee

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