Arizona Legislature Approves Bill to Legalize Psilocybin Therapy Centers, Sending it to Governor Hobbs

The Arizona Legislature has given approval to legislation legalizing access to psilocybin mushrooms, sending the bill to Governor Katie Hobbs.

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By a vote of 42 to 16, the Arizona House has passed Senate Bill 1570, approximately 3.5 months after it was passed by the Senate with a vote of 24 to 4. The measure, filed by Senator Jarrett Keohokalole (D), now heads to Governor Hobbs.

Once enacted, the measure will legalize psilocybin therapy centers where individuals can legally consume psilocybin in a medical, supervised setting with trained staff constantly available. Licensing for these centers will be handled by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Additionally, an Arizona Psilocybin Advisory Board will be established under the bill, tasked with overseeing training criteria for those working at service centers and recommending potential law changes to lawmakers.

The board will be required to submit an annual report on “medical, psychological, and scientific” studies related to psilocybin, starting on July 31 of next year. Additionally, the board will be tasked with developing a long-term plan to ensure that psilocybin access remains “safe, accessible, and affordable.”

You can find more information on Senate Bill 1570, including its full text, by clicking here.

A similar measure was recently approved through three different committees in Hawaii’s Legislature.

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