Vermont Senate Panel Scales Back Psilocybin Legalization Bill, Pivoting Focus To Working Group On Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

“Decriminalization is going to get in the way of therapeutic use”

A panel of Vermont lawmakers moved forward with planned amendments to a psychedelics bill on Friday, scaling back a proposal that originally would have legalized possession and use of psilocybin in the state to instead merely establish a working group that would study whether and how to allow therapeutic access to psychedelics.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the modifications, which members first floated earlier this month, and voted 3–2 to advance the amended measure, S. 114.

Members spent no time Friday discussing the pivot away from decriminalization, instead going over changes to the makeup of the would-be working group.

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