Guthrie Capossela joins the new board, which will explore the potential impacts of legalizing psychedelics. Rep. Andy Smith, DFL-Rochester, spearheaded the effort to create the task force.
A Rochester resident will serve as an ambassador for the Dakota Tribes on a new statewide board that will study how Minnesota could legalize psychedelic medicine in the future.
“My role there is to try to represent tribal interests within it,” said Guthrie Capossela, the Psychedelic Medicine Task Force appointee. “(To) be the person in the room that would say, ‘Well, how does it impact tribes? What is the health equity impact for American Indians facing the conditions that might be alleviated by psychedelics?'”
As a Native American community engagement coordinator in Mayo Clinic’s Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, Capossela was selected by the elected tribal leaders who make up the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council’s executive board to represent the Dakota Tribes.