Iowa Lawmakers Hold Historic Hearing On Psilocybin Decriminalization, But Do Not Advance Bill

In a first-of-its kind hearing, an Iowa House panel on Wednesday took up a bill to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in the state.

While the three-member House Public Safety subcommittee opted not to advance the legislation, the meeting represented the first time state lawmakers have formally discussed a proposal to decriminalize a psychedelic substance in a legislative hearing, and it involved impassioned testimony from experts and people who’ve personally benefitted from psilocybin.

“I’m very pleased with the testimony shared with lawmakers today,” Rep. Jeff Shipley (R), sponsor of the bill, told Marijuana Moment. “While the public safety committee chose not to advance the bill, it’s clear Iowans aren’t waiting for permission and are taking the lead on their own genuine health and healing as it relates to these naturally occurring tools.”

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