Vermont Establishes Psychedelic Therapy Advisory Working Group

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Vermont is exploring the possibility of decriminalizing psilocybin, the compound in psychedelic mushrooms, for mental health treatment.

A newly signed law establishes a Psychedelic Therapy Advisory Working Group. This group will research the latest studies on psilocybin’s potential benefits and risks for mental health. Their goal is to determine if psilocybin can be a viable treatment option in Vermont. Proponents, like Rick Barnett from the Vermont Psychological Association, hope the research leads to decriminalization, making psilocybin more accessible for those seeking treatment.

This follows a national trend, with states like Oregon and Colorado already decriminalizing psilocybin. Vermont hasn’t made a decision yet, and the working group’s report due in November 2024 will be a key factor in their future approach

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