Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Study Psychedelics
Florida lawmakers introduced a bill in the state legislature proposing to study psychedelic substances as “alternative therapies to treat mental health” and legalize access to psilocybin on Friday.
Sen. Lauren Book (D) introduced SB 348 in the Senate, while Rep. Michael Grieco (D) presented a similar version of the bill, HB 193, in the state House. If passed, the state Department of Health would evaluate “the therapeutic efficacy of alternative therapies, including the use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, psilocybin, and ketamine, in treating mental health and other medical conditions” depression, anxiety, PTSD, and migraines — similar to the recently adopted Texas psychedelic research legislation.
“This is one of the rare times it would be ok to Texas our Florida since the Lone Star State is one of many who embrace the FDA’s breakthrough designation for alternate mental health therapies such as psilocybin,” Rep. Grieco writes to Truffle Report in an email response.
“This bill will send our state in the right direction, especially amongst our veterans, for patients who are resistant to traditional mental health therapies,” he adds.