Marijuana Moment reports that Rep. Jeff Shipley, a 30-year-old freshman Republican, filed the legislation in Des Moines on Wednesday.
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One of his new bills, if enacted, would allow state regulators to approve the reclassification of psilocybin, MDMA and ibogaine to be used in treatment. The other would simply remove the active ingredients in so-called “magic mushrooms” from the state’s list of banned substances.
The first proposal would empower the state board of pharmacy “to reclassify such controlled substances for medicinal purposes” and repeal penalties associated with the various psychedelic drugs “when such substances are utilized for medicinal purposes pursuant to the rules of the board of pharmacy.”
The other piece of legislation would simply remove psilocybin and psilocyn, the psychedelic compounds found in some species of mushrooms, from schedule I of Iowa’s controlled substances act.
“Exploring these issues are paramount to solving the healthcare crisis,” Shipley told Marijuana Moment in an email. “There’s so much potential for research and clinical applications. I hope we can empower and trust patients to make their own best decisions.”
While there’s increasing interest around the country in pursuing far-reaching drug policy reform for substances other than marijuana, those efforts have so far largely been carried out by advocacy groups—not by lawmakers. For example, there are campaigns underway in Denver, where a ballot measure to decriminalize psilocybin will go before voters in May, as well as in Oregon, where organizers are collecting signatures to get medical psilocybin legalization on state’s 2020 ballot.
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