Rhode Island Bill to Legalize Psilocybin Possession and Cultivation Scheduled for Committee Consideration

Legislation that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of psilocybin – the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms – has been scheduled for consideration tomorrow in the House Judiciary Committee.

Psilocybin mushrooms.

Psilocybin mushrooms.

House Bill 5923 would allow those 21 and older to possess and grow up to 28.35 grams (one ounce) of psilocybin for personal use.

The bipartisan proposal was filed by State Representative Brandon Potter in March along with eight cosponsors. The measure was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, with the committee recommending on March 9 that it be “held for further study”. Now, three months later, the committee is scheduled to consider and potentially vote on the measure during tomorrow’s (June 6) meeting.

The proposal states that nothing in state’s drug codes “shall apply to any compound, mixture, or preparation containing less than one ounce (1 oz.) of psilocybin provided the following conditions have been met:

(1) Psilocybin is in possession of one person or shared by one person to another; or

(2) Psilocybin has been securely cultivated within a person’s residence for personal use.

The measure also states:

  • Contingent upon the United States Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) rescheduling of psilocybin the Rhode Island department of health shall establish rules and regulations pertaining to cultivation, distribution and medical prescription.
  • Contingent upon the United States Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) expansion of its access program, patients with a serious or life-threatening mental or behavioral health disorder, who are without access to effective mental or behavioral health medication, may have access to psilocybin at locations in Rhode Island approved by the Rhode Island department of health.

You can click here for the full text of House Bill 5923.

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