Now Nevada Could Be Legalizing Psychedelic Drugs
The silver state legalized marijuana in 2017. And now a Nevada Coalition wants to decriminalize psychedelic drugs. Specifically to help our veterans.
The Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines is a political alliance formed earlier this year. In response to SB 242 being signed into law at a 2023 legislative session. The bill was introduced by state Senator Rochelle Nguyen, newslv.com reported.
SB 252 required the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish the Psychedelic Medicines Working Group. The group will, according to the DHHS, study issues relating to the therapeutic use of entheogens. Which they define as including psilocybin and psilocin.
Details about the working group.
Members of the Psychedelic Medicines Working Group include those appointed by the governor. As well as the attorney general or a designee, and other legislative leaders. Additionally, there will be representation from the state Board of Pharmacy. As well as from the Department of Health and Human Services. And from the Department of Veterans Services.
Those pushing to decriminalize psychedelic drugs in Nevada are doing so because they believe it can help our local veterans.
Jon Dalton, president of the Nevada Coalition for Psychedelic Medicines and a retired Navy Seal, says these drugs helped him, News3LV reported. Dalton told News3LV that he received psychedelic-assisted therapy in Mexico. Which used psychedelic drugs in a controlled environment to help him with a traumatic brain injury he got in the Navy. Dalton said the therapy changed his life and now he wants to help Nevada’s veterans have legal access to the same kinds of treatment here.
Dalton also told News3LV that studies have shown psychedelic drugs, like mushrooms and MDMA, have the potential to treat mental health issues. Including anxiety, depression and PTSD. And that decriminalizing these drugs is going to take support from the public as well.
To apply for the working group, visit Governor Lombardo’s boards website here.