Ocasio-Cortez wants taxpayers to pay for study of shrooms, other psychedelic drugs

Ocasio-Cortez wants taxpayers to pay for study of shrooms, other psychedelic drugs

[Ed. – She can spend your money faster than you earn it.]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) filed legislation on Friday to remove a legal barrier that scientists say makes it unnecessarily difficult for them to study the medical benefits of psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and MDMA.

Psilocybin, the active component of so-called “magic mushrooms,” and MDMA, commonly referred to as “ecstasy,” have “shown promise in end of life therapy and treating PTSD,” a summary of Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal says.

The measure, which is an amendment to a large-scale appropriations bill funding parts of the government for Fiscal Year 2020, would delete a longstanding rider that prohibits spending federal money for “any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I” of the Controlled Substances Act.

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“Academics and scientists report that provisions like this create [stigma] and insurmountable logistical hurdles to researching schedule I drugs,” the summary states.

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