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Monday, a Maryland House of Delegates the committee took on a bill passed by the Senate to create a state fund that could be used to provide “free” access to psychedelics like psilocybin, MDMAand ketamine to military veterans suffering from these all-too-common ailments.
This comes at the end of another cannabis reform decision–Maryland Legislature voted to put marijuana legalization on the November ballot and gave the governor additional legislation outlining initial program guidelines if voters approve the policy change.
The state fund bill is officially on the table
The bill was heard at House Appropriations Committee, where members heard testimony in support of the importance of reform. The panel’s deliberation comes just weeks after the Senate unanimously passed Senator Sarah Elfreth’s (D) proposal.
Senators Amendment psychedelic proposal would create the Post-traumatic stress trouble and Traumatic brain injury Alternative Therapies Fund. However, it should be noted that the wording of traumatic brain injury was not included in the legislation when it was first submitted.
Reform desperately needed for veterans
Unfortunately, the statistics are grim: 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States every day. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that returning veterans and heroes receive adequate mental health care.
In the Senate, we heard from a world-renowned scientist who is conducting these experiments and reporting very encouraging results.
It is therefore encouraging to see that the proposal sent by the committee on Monday requires that the funds be used to research “the use of alternative therapies for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
In addition, it aims to provide eligible veterans “free accessto psychedelics, making access to therapies even easier for the hardest-hit veterans.
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Psychedelics Funding Framework
The state health department would have to meet the Department of Veterans AffairsJohns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on a “recurrent” basis.
The objective of the partnerships is to identify “the effectiveness and means of improving access to alternative therapies for treatment“PTSD and traumatic brain injury in veterans. They would also hold discussions on “appropriate uses of the fund that enhance the purpose of the fund”.
By Dec. 1, 2022, the department is expected to provide a report to the Governor and Legislation with “early findings and suggestions.” Another deadline would be set two years later for conclusions and recommendations based on studies expressly sponsored by the PTSD fund.
According to the wording of the bill, the suggestions would focus on “budgetary, legislative or regulatory measures to improve access to alternative therapies for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.”
The measure requires the governor to allocate $1 million per year finance bill for the fund for the 2024 financial year.
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