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The NJ Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a medical psilocybin or magic mushrooms bill authorizing the establishment of therapeutic centers.

The “Psilocybin Behavioral Health Access and Services Act” would establish a framework for the regulated production and use of medical psilocybin.

Growing or possessing underground shrooms would still be a crime.

Clinical trials show psilocybin is an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, depression, anxiety, addiction, and anorexia.

Medical Psilocybin was legalized in Oregon, while voters in Colorado approved a legalization plan expected to be implemented later in 2024.

New Jersey Medical Psilocybin Legalization Bill Details

At the beginning of the committee hearing, a substitute for S-2283 occurred with significant changes. An Aide explained they are keeping magic mushroom home growing illegal and not decriminalizing or expunging any crimes, thus removing social justice from legalization.

So, the booming underground medical psilocybin industry would remain underground with no real pathway in sight, thus undermining the legal program.

NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission is working hard to create a pathway like thatHowever, underground legacy businesspeople and social justice advocates will say not hard enough.

With the growing popular acceptance and talk of legalization, a lot of underground legacy operators have added magic mushrooms to their inventory.

NJ Psilocybin Advisory Board to Create Medical Program

The bill would establish a 15-member advisory Psilocybin Advisory Board (PAB) in the Department of Health (DOH). It would create the standards over 18 months under which the medical psilocybin program would operate.

The Psilocybin Advisory Board would include the Health Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner for Health Services, an official specializing in public health programs, the Attorney General, the Adjutant General who oversees the veteran issues or their deputies, and a representative of the Public Health Council.

In addition, nine public members with relevant expertise would be appointed by the Governor.


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