Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez filed legislation on Friday to remove a legal barrier that would make it easier for scientists to study the medical benefits of psilocybin, MDMA, and other drugs, per The New York Post.
“From the opioid crisis to psilocybin’s potential w/ PTSD, it’s well past time we take drug use out of criminal consideration + into medical consideration,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “That begins with research. I’m proud to introduce an amendment that helps scientists do their jobs.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s amendment would end a longtime provision that prohibits spending federal money on any activity (like research) that promotes the legalization of drugs and substances outlined in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which also includes heroin and marijuana, Fox News reports.
“Academics and scientists report that provisions like this create [stigma] and insurmountable logistical hurdles to researching Schedule I drugs,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in the summary of her amendment.
Psilocybin, the psychoactive substance found in “magic mushrooms” and outlawed in the 1960s, has shown promise as a treatment for PSTD as well as end of life therapy. Psychedelics like…