Market Overview

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Measure To Increase Psychedelic Research

Share:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Measure To Increase Psychedelic Research
Read more about our latest Cannabis News! CANNABIS HOME

By Brendan Bures.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has already aligned herself with cannabis reform, but now she’s pushing forward legislation that would make it easier for scientists to study the medical efficacy of psychedelics. Ocasio-Cortez’s measure would lift a barrier that many researchers claim makes it unnecessarily restrictive to analyze the medical benefits of psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, and other drugs.

“From the opioid crisis to psilocybin’s potential w/ PTSD, it’s well past time we take drug use out of criminal consideration + into medical consideration,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “That begins with research. I’m proud to introduce an amendment that helps scientists do their jobs.”

Specifically, AOC’s measure is an amendment to a large-scale appropriations bill that would remove a rider that prohibits any federal funding being spent on “any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I [drug].” Under the Controlled Substances Act, cannabis is also considered a Schedule I drug, making it equally as difficult for scientists looking to study marijuana.

“Academics and scientists report that provisions like this create [stigma] and insurmountable logistical hurdles to researching Schedule I drugs,” AOC’s summary states.

Last month, Denver voters approved a measure that decriminalized magic mushrooms, becoming the first city to do so in the United States. And just last week, Oakland became the second city to decriminalize magic mushrooms. Oakland also decriminalized other entheogenic plants, including ayahuasca, ibogaine, and mescaline.

This article was originally posted on The Fresh Toast.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Staff/Getty Images

Related Stories:

Sorry, But New York Probably Won't Legalize Marijuana This Year

Study: Suicide Numbers Dropped In California After Marijuana Legalization

The preceding article is from one of our external contributors. It does not represent the opinion of Benzinga and has not been edited.

Read more about our latest Cannabis News! CANNABIS HOME

Posted-In: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cannabis AOCCannabis News Politics Markets General Best of Benzinga

 

Related Articles (MJ + HMLSF)

View Comments and Join the Discussion!

Cannabis Movers

Sign up for our secret cannabis newsletter!
Never miss out on the breaking news in the Cannabis Industry!

Stifel Answers 'What Is Postal Realty Trust?' And 'Why Is It A Buy?'

Rap Icon Redman Talks Opportunity For People Of Color In The Cannabis Industry