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Colorado Senate Passes Bill to Legalize MDMA Prescriptions

May 2, 2022 02:32 pm ET

Last Friday, Colorado’s state Senate unanimously approved a bill to legalize MDMA prescriptions. However, the bill has one major caveat: MDMA prescriptions will not be allowed until the federal government approves the substance’s use.

Sen. John Cooke (R), one of the bill’s main sponsors, emphasized how the bill will help those in the state suffering from PTSD: “Our military, our law enforcement, our first responders…are suffering from PTSD—and [MDMA] does have a great success rate so far.”

While the bill’s passing was a major victory for psychedelic therapy advocates in the state, there have also been some recent setbacks. Earlier this month, Colorado’s House rejected a bill that would’ve created a psychedelic review panel to study psilocybin and DMT, among other substances. The panel would’ve then had the authority to recommend certain psychedelic policy changes.

Colorado’s MDMA bill will now move on to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. From there, it is believed that the FDA will approve MDMA-assisted therapy as early as 2023. That means that Colorado residents may not have to wait long before they can begin applying for MDMA prescriptions.

What do you think of Colorado’s MDMA bill? Would you like to see your state institute a similar bill? Let us know in the comments!

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