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Psychedelic Alpha Dec 13, 2023

MAPS PBC Files New Drug Application for MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD

It’s not just a milestone for MAPS: this is the first psychedelic-assisted therapy submitted to the FDA for approval.

Marijuana Moment Nov 15, 2023

Health Benefits Provider Will Cover Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Where It’s Legal

A Massachusetts company that bills itself as “the first and only licensed provider of psychedelic health plans” announced on Tuesday that it will cover psilocybin-assisted therapy in states where it’s legal.

Lucid News Nov 2, 2023

An Ambitious Vision Drives Kentucky’s Ibogaine Plan to Treat Opioid Dependency

A state commission will soon vote to decide whether to commit ten percent of its funds, $42 million, toward a psychedelic-assisted therapy moonshot that could transform treatment for OUD nationally.

Green Market Report Oct 30, 2023

Federal Appeals Court Pressures DEA to Justify Psilocybin’s Schedule I Status

A federal appeals court directed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give a detailed explanation for keeping psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in psychedelic mushrooms, on the list of the most restricted substances.

Marijuana Moment Oct 29, 2023

Advocates File Calif. Ballot Initiative to Legalize Psychedelics for Medical, Therapeutic and Spiritual Use In 2024

Known as the Psychedelic Wellness and Healing Initiative of 2024, the measure is the third psychedelics-related prospective citizen-led measure attempting to qualify for next year’s ballot.

Marijuana Moment Oct 20, 2023

After Gov. Vetoes Psychedelics Bill, Another Calif. City Approves Decriminalization Resolution

The City Council in Eureka, California, adopted a resolution this week to decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi, making enforcement of laws against personal use, cultivation and possession a low priority for police. It’s at least the fifth local jurisdiction in the state to embrace the policy change.

The Dales Report Oct 17, 2023

Psychedelic Research Pioneer Roland Griffiths Passes at Age 77

A sad day in the psychedelics community today as news filters out that leading industry neuroscientist, Dr. Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., has passed.

Marijuana Moment Oct 9, 2023

Calif. Governor Vetoes Psychedelics Legalization, But Calls for New Bill on Therapeutic Access Next Year

The governor of California has vetoed a bill to legalize certain psychedelics and create a pathway to regulated access — a move that comes at a time when two states have already enacted comprehensive psychedelics policy reform and as two campaigns are working to put the issue on California’s 2024 ballot.

Benzinga Oct 5, 2023

Portland, Maine, Leads Drug Policy Reform, Decriminalizing Psychedelic Plants and Fungi

The City Council in Portland, Maine recently voted 6-3 in favor of a resolution deprioritizing local law enforcement for possession, use, cultivation for personal use or sharing psychedelic plants and fungi, placing controlled substances consumption as a public health matter.

Benzinga Oct 2, 2023

Psychedelics Reform Update: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana

There’s been some consistent movement of proposals concerning psychedelics across the United States.

Marijuana Moment Sept. 21, 2023

Congressional Lawmakers File New Bill to Protect States That Legalize Psilocybin From Federal Intervention

The two-page legislation simply says that no federal funds can be used to “prevent any State or unit of local government from implementing such State’s or unit of local government’s own laws that authorize the use, distribution, sale, possession, research, or cultivation of psilocybin.”

Green Market Report Sept. 18, 2023

MAPS Inches Closer to Federal New Drug Application for MDMA

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) this week announced the successful completion of Phase 3 clinical trials for an MDMA treatment to help patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and said it brings the group a major step closer to filing a federal request to bring the treatment to market.

Marijuana Moment Sept. 13, 2023

Key House Committee Clears Psychedelics Amendments to Defense Bill for Floor Votes

A powerful House committee has cleared two psychedelics amendments for floor consideration as part of a large-scale spending bill covering the Department of Defense (DOD).

Benzinga Sept. 9, 2023

Michigan Legislature: Veterans Should Have Access to Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Michigan lawmakers have passed a resolution urging the U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA to prioritize research and funding on “non-technology treatment options” for veterans with psychological trauma from military service.

Marijuana Moment Sept. 7, 2023

California Assembly Approves Psychedelics Legalization Bill, Sending It Back for Final Passage

The bill would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of certain entheogenic plants and fungi for adults 21 and older.

Marijuana Moment August 30, 2023

Colorado Psychedelics Regulators Launch ‘Listening Sessions’ as They Prepare to Craft New Industry Rules

Leaders of the Colorado Natural Medicine Division, part of the state Department of Revenue, say the meetings are meant to engage stakeholders and keep the public informed.

Benzinga August 28, 2023

Former NHL Player Sets Up Psilocybin Therapy Center in Colorado

Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey teamed up with Boulder biochemist Jeremy Widmann to build the 280 acres retreat center, the “Do Good Ranch,” on Colorado’s Western Slope in anticipation of the state’s legal psilocybin-assisted treatment market rollout in 2025.

Lucid News August 22, 2023

What Led to the Decrim Executive Order in Minneapolis?

Not only did Mayor Jacob Frey take unilateral action, but according to a representative from the Mayor’s office, he suffered no political backlash. Another sign of how the psychedelic landscape is changing.

Denver7 News August 16, 2023

The Psychedelic Cup: Colorado’s First Homegrown, Psychedelic Mushroom Competition

Psychedelic Club of Denver says competition will collect meaningful data about different mushrooms

Green Market Report August 10, 2023

Enthea, Dr. Bronner’s Post ‘Eye-Opening’ Results from Year-Long Ketamine Trial

Two-thirds of participants with major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder reported improvement.