The representative for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional district Earl Francis Blumenauer, who is a chief advocate for cannabis reform, formally announced his support of Oregon’s initiative to legalize psilocybin mushrooms to be used for therapeutic purposes. He is also helping to raise money for the company.
He stated in a mass email that he fully supported the measure as it addresses mental health which is key issue in the community, in a responsible and innovative way. Additionally, he stated that the legalization of psilocybin therapy was an important tool that deserved everyone’s support.
The measure in question, Measure 109, provides residents of Oregon who live with anxiety and depression a chance to deal with their mental health issues in a program that is designed for support and safety. He added that this healthcare policy would help thousands.
Measure 109 offers hope with the advanced treatment option of psilocybin therapy. Research from top universities in America shows that psilocybin therapy may assist people who suffer from anxiety, addiction and depression. Measure 109 was developed by both mental health and therapeutic experts and brings forth this treatment option through a licensed and research-based system which protects and supports those in need of assistance.
Studies have shown that psilocybin therapy helps people with terminal diagnoses who suffer from anxiety and end-of-life depression come to terms with their diagnoses. This is therefore an opportunity to improve end-of-life care.
The first time Rep. Blumenauer showed his psilocybin initiative support was in January. This is a remarkable endorsement especially if you consider that very few congressional legislators support psychedelics reform, in spite of the expanding localized movement that is calling for the decriminalization of entheogenic substances in various cities in the country.
The representative for Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional district Joseph Patrick Kennedy III who supports legalization but was formerly against marijuana reform recently stated that there was potential in psychedelics therapeutic benefits.
Rep. Blumenauer also added that the Measure 109 can win in the November ballot but to do so, it requires resources in order to educate voters on the benefits as well as its protections, hence the need for a campaign to raise funds.
In addition to this, an initiative to decriminalize psychedelics has formally qualified for the November vote in Washington, D.C.
For the moment, voters in Oregon will also have the measure to fund treatment services and decriminalize drug possession on their November ballots.
Countries like Canada are more open minded to certain policy changes of the same with the health minister granting exceptions to 4 cancer patients, thus allowing them to utilize psilocybin mushrooms for their end-of-life care.
Additionally, the Canadian government has to formally respond to a petition that called for the psychedelics decriminalization after it collected about 15,000 signatures.
Allis looking up for the psychedelic industry, and this could explain why sector actors like Cybin Corp. are investing heavily in psychedelic R&D.
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