This Week in Psychedelics

Introducing New York City's next historic landmarks... psilocybin service centers?

May 24, 2024

This Week...

A New York lawmaker introduced a bill to legalize psilocybin service centers where adults could access the medication in a medically supervised setting, while significantly reducing penalties associated with non-authorized psilocybin activities.

The legislation, sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Amy Paulin, is one of the latest examples of New York legislators moving to enact psychedelics reform amid a growing state-by-state movement across the country. Here’s more:

The Intercept ran a piece highlighting an internal document from the Veterans Health Administration that showed that the largest integrated health care system in the United States was developing a strategy for the deployment of FDA-approved psychedelic treatments for mental health disorders.

The document outlines the responsibilities of a “Psychedelic Medicine Integrated Project Team,” which includes advising the VA Under Secretary for Health. According to the internal document, the team “will provide strategic direction for the deployment of psychedelic medicine for mental health treatment in the VHA.”  Check it out:

Next week, our own Simeon Schnapper will be speaking at the Aspen Psychedelic Symposium on June 1st.  He’ll be a part of a panel discussion called “Bold Business in the Psychedelic Sector: A Micro-Accelerator for Nonprofit Leaders & Entrepreneurs.” If you’d like to come out, click here for tickets. And here’s more information on the event:

We hope to see you there!

Did You Know?

Did you know that police officers are now flying to Peru to take psychedelics?

With the help of Heroic Hearts Project UK, police officers in the UK who struggle with depression and PTSD as a result of dealing with so many horrific and stress-filled events on a daily basis, are now embarking on therapy retreats in Peru to take part in ayahuasca ceremonies. And they seem to be working. Check out this story of one police officer whose life has changed thanks to his experience with ayahuasca: