Two GOP congressmen testified Tuesday before a key House committee in support of amendments to promote research on psychedelics for military service members in a sweeping defense bill.
Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) speak about their actions during a meeting of the House Rules Committee, where members determine which of the nearly 1,200 amendments tabled to the law on the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) will be done in order for soil examination.
Gaetz’s measure would build on an existing provision by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) that was already attached to the House Armed Services Committee’s must-have bill. Moulton’s proposal calls for a Department of Defense (DOD) study of marijuana as an alternative to opioids for service members with certain health conditions. Gaetz tabled an amendment to expand this to include psilocybin and MDMA.
The congressman said he introduced the measure “because I have seen a lot of evidence regarding the ability of psilocybin and MDMA to be very helpful to veterans with PTSD and other forms of injury. traumatic brain”.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has a virtually identical but separate amendment to NDAA, which Gaetz acknowledged during the rules meeting. He said he “didn’t get a response” after
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