This Week in Psychedelics

In the race to see which state will fully legalize psychedelics first, Minnesota, Colorado and California are neck, neck... and neck!

May 26, 2023

This Week...

The Minnesota legislature sent a large-scale health policy bill to the governor that contains provisions to create a psychedelics task force, which will be charged with the responsibility of advising the legislature on the legal, medical, and policy issues associated with the legalization of psychedelic medicine in the state. Here’s more:

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill designed to implement and regulate psychedelic legalization and decriminalization, with the law taking effect July 1.

The new law legalizes therapeutic psilocybin and decriminalizes the personal cultivation, use and sharing of psilocybin mushrooms and three other natural psychedelics (DMT, ibogaine and mescaline that is not from peyote). Check it out:

California Senate Bill 58, which calls for the legalization of specific amounts of psilocybin, psilocyn, DMT, ibogaine and mescaline for personal or facilitated use, passed the California Senate.

The measure has advanced under an accelerated process that allowed it to skip some committee consideration this year. It cleared the Appropriations Committee without a hearing earlier this month and was previously approved by the Public Safety Committee in March. Here’s more:

Did You Know?

Did you know that within a few days of soliciting participants for a Johns Hopkins psilocybin study, dozens of rabbis applied, but couldn't participate because they had already tried psychedelics?

Turns out, psychedelics have long been considered theologically significant in Judaism, according to a number of Rabbis and religious scholars, with some suggesting that psychedelics played a role in Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and witnessing the burning bush.

While debate continues about this theory, it’s worth noting that last year, Denver-based Rabbi Ben Gorelick was arrested for growing more than 30 different types of psychedelic mushrooms which he uses for his multi-faith group that mixes hallucinogens with ideas rooted in Jewish tradition.

The DA eventually dropped the charges, citing voter legalization of psilocybin. Read more about Gorelick here: