Connecticut Governor Lamont Signs Budget Bill Including Provisions on MDMA and Magic Mushrooms

Democratic Governor of Connecticut, Ned Lamont signed a budget bill that includes provisions that will give patients access to MDMA and psilocybin.
the invoicewhich according to Lamont gives the “the biggest tax cut in history” to state taxpayers, allows the creation of psychedelic treatment centers. With this bill, eligible patients will be able to receive therapy assisted by psilocybin or MDMA, as part of the FDA program to provide access to investigational new drugs (IND).
“Qualified patients,” as the bill calls those who can access new therapies, must reside in the state and be either a veteran, retired first responder, and/or direct care healthcare worker.
As is the case with other states that have proposed the creation of task forces to study the possible benefits of psychedelics, such as Hawaii and GeorgiaConnecticut trained a group like last year’s, which has since been studying the therapeutic potential of psilocybin.
With the signing of the new budget bill, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services must now provide qualified patients “with the funding necessary to receive MDMA or psilocybin-assisted therapy under a program of expanded access approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration”. .”

If the DEA, “or any successor agency,” were to approve MDMA or psilocybin for medical use, the substances’ state status would be aligned with that of the federal government.
On July 1, 2022, the Connecticut Psychedelic Treatment Advisory Board is scheduled to be created and is expected to consist of eleven members, including individuals with “experience or expertise in psychedelic research, psychedelic-assisted therapy, public health, access to mental and behavioral health care in underserved communities, mental and behavioral health care for veterans, harm reduction, and sacramental use of psychedelics.

The council will make recommendations for future legislation regarding psychedelic research and therapy.
The signed budget bill uses the language of a previous invoice, which called for $3 million to be directed to psychedelic treatment centers, with the budget providing funding “within the limits of available appropriations.”

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