I fantastic step forward for realistic laws on these medicines !
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Posted 12 November 2022 - 10:11 AM
I fantastic step forward for realistic laws on these medicines !
Posted 12 November 2022 - 11:10 AM
I like how there will be "care centers" where one could go to have a guided, therapeutic experience. As opposed to just "slinging" mushrooms at convenience store type outlets to anyone who has money.
This is one of the few articles that I have saved in my "favorites".
Posted 12 November 2022 - 12:07 PM
This is great news, let us hope this ball keeps rolling in the right direction.
Posted 12 November 2022 - 01:14 PM
I received this news update yesterday as well, steppingstone in the right direction, I've also seen petitions lately here in CA. Educating people on how this ISN'T a Rec Cannabis situation is crucial since most of us know the power of the Fungus. There is a special on Netflicks that is awesome showing how this IS or can be a Medical like setting and is extremely therapeutic for patients that are near the end of their life cycle (Cancer, Hospice,SNF). And frankly, most of us have some sort of mental condition or childhood trauma that stays with us always and working that out is worth the pain (crying... FEAR... etc) you may or may not have to go through to get over it (or at least accept it). I wish my wife wasn't so scared, she could use the therapy, but shit... I'm no Doctor so I stay in my own Lane. I used to do I/P authorizations for nurses and Med Directors years Ago, but that doesn't make me Clinical. I've told a few folks over the years that I would gladly give up all my shit to anyone in need, soft spot for Vets (family members and such) I used to also do Tricare for ADSM's and retirees (Wounded Warrior Program or Similar) and have gone through sensitivity training and what they and their families go through (which isn't even close to understanding, but it's builds empathy and relatability). Moving ON... that's my two pennies... Over... AND OUT
Posted 14 November 2022 - 12:20 AM
Posted 15 November 2022 - 12:07 PM
Self grows are now legal in CO, along with NM,
and everything is legal in OR.
I feel a road trip coming on!
But seriously, its now available to grow your own as legitimate medicine for many PTSD and major depression sufferers.
This will really save lives. Good newz is hard to come by these dayz. Nice chess move CO! Freedom!
Posted 17 November 2022 - 05:51 PM
Posted 16 December 2022 - 11:07 AM
Looks like it doesnt kick into effect until 2024. In addition to mushrooms, there will be 'healing centers' with DMT, mescaline, and ibogaine available. This is going to help end the suicide and OD epidemic, that has gotten so bad we've dropped 2 years in life expectancy in this country. Thank you CO. God bless you.
Posted 17 December 2022 - 11:43 AM
Wait, I found this article saying doors wont open to these new healing centers until 2025.
Now that Colorado voters passed the Natural Medicine Health Act, the state has several steps to get through before Colorado will actually see a regulated industry for psychedelic mushrooms.
The measure allows for licensed “healing centers” to provide access to psilocybin and psilocyn, the psychoactive compounds found in many species of fungi, for therapeutic purposes. It also decriminalizes the “personal use” of the substances, allowing people to possess and grow psychedelic mushrooms in their own homes.
The first step on the itinerary is developing an advisory board, which will include appointees from Gov. Jared Polis tasked with helping the Department of Regulatory Agencies implement the new program.
According to the act’s text, the board will include 15 members: At least seven are expected to have expertise and experience in topics including but not limited to natural medicine therapy and research, emergency medical services, health care insurance and policy, or harm reduction. At least eight members are expected to have experience with religious and traditional indigenous uses of natural medicines, issues impacting veterans, disparities in health care access, or criminal justice reform in Colorado.
"We will follow the will of the voters and will be appointing a 15 member advisory board to oversee the regulatory process around this new voter-approved measure,” Melissa Dworkin, a spokesperson with the governor’s office, said in an email.
Josh Kappel, an attorney who chaired Natural Medicine Colorado’s campaign committee and helped draft Proposition 122, said he trusts that the governor will appoint a board that’s inclusive of all relevant stakeholders. He said the board’s initial purpose is to provide DORA with recommendations around implementing the program.
“We are excited to work with all relevant stakeholders and the state government to implement Prop 122 in a safe, responsible and equitable manner that provides access to this much needed tool to address our state’s mental health crisis,” Kappel said.
After working with DORA to develop the program, the board will make annual recommendations regarding public health approaches for natural medicine, educational campaigns, research on efficacy and regulation, training programs, equitable and culturally responsible access, and data collection and reporting. Kappel added that the board will likely create regular reports analyzing the effectiveness of the program.
Advocates of the ballot measure point to research showing that psychedelic substances can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The federal Food and Drug Administration has designated psilocybin as a “breakthrough therapy” for the treatment of major depressive disorder.‘Equitable and safe’
Ben Unger, who works with New Approach, an organization involved in passing both Oregon’s Measure 109 and Colorado’s Proposition 122, said in an email his greatest hope for the advisory board is that “it’s filled with experts that can guide a regulatory process that maximizes safety and promotes equitable access for all that can benefit.”
For initial appointments that need to be made by Jan. 31, 2023, seven members will be appointed to a two-year term while eight will be appointed to a four-year term. After that initial board, all members will be appointed to four-year terms and can serve two consecutive terms.
After appointees are named, the board will kick off an 18-month rulemaking process to develop regulations around facilitator licensing, training and the operation of healing centers, Kappel said. He said Natural Medicine Colorado will continue to be a resource for the state as it looks to implement Proposition 122 in a “responsible, equitable and safe manner.”
“We hope to be able to work with everyone — the government stakeholders, even those who opposed us — to help create a program that is both safe, but also provides the mental health treatment and options that Coloradans are expecting after passing Prop 122,” Kappel said.
Unger noted that the proposition language says Coloradans can start applying for healing center licenses in September 2024, meaning licensed therapeutic services would likely start six or seven months after that. Over the next year or so, he said interested stakeholders should keep their eyes open for development of regulations for facilitators and safety rules for clients.
“It’s reasonable to expect that services could begin in the summer of 2025,” Unger said in an email. “It’s important that the state work with experts to develop processes that promote safety while protecting access for people that can benefit.”
Edited by riseabovethought, 17 December 2022 - 11:44 AM.
Posted 17 December 2022 - 12:52 PM
Here's a link to the legislation:
I gave it a browse in order to look into how "care centers" will be receiving their medications.
While reviewing the document I noticed the provision for medicines other than just "magic mushrooms" - ibogaine, DMT, and mescaline are on the list for inclusion. Lophophora williamsii has been expressly excluded - which makes me happy - there are more sustainable resources for mescaline and peyote is endangered already.
It looks like some careful thought has been put into the plan rather than it just being a snatch-and-grab for more money.
Posted 29 December 2022 - 02:44 PM
Myc, Sky, Everyone!
-This is monumental. Its everything Topia stands for and its everything I've learned here. Its us! We've taken over a state! We got the fucking law on our side! Its going to be really happening in 2025. For me, its the reason Im here. Its the reason I learned about all of this stuff. They actually changed the fucking law to save psychonauts like us. We just wanted to think maybe someone somewhere gives a fuck. And they do! This is so fucking huge. My beloved psychonauts - who might have died - wont. And will instead Thrive! I have a really good feeling about this. So much so, I think I will be spending a shit ton of attention in that direction starting NOW. Please everyone join me in loving this intelligent change in US state law. Im so happy. Merry Christmas Topia!
Edited by riseabovethought, 29 December 2022 - 02:47 PM.
Posted 30 December 2022 - 03:50 PM
This IS frigging AWESOME! RISE!
Please everyone join me in loving this intelligent change in US state law. Im so happy. Merry Christmas Topia!
And HAPPY NEW YEAR! One closer to 25!
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