Psilocybin and New Drugs

The “Right to Try” Psilocybin and New Drug Therapies

I was talking to another lawyer about last week’s vote by Oregonians to legalize psilocybin therapy here in the state. We discussed how licensed facilities won’t be up and running for a few more years, and how, in the meantime, people will have to make do with general decriminalization under Measure 109 and maybe, in

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Oregon Psilocybin: Does Measure 109 Go Far Enough? Does it Go Too Far?

We are on record here at the law firm in support of Measure 109. We have friends and colleagues who have worked on the campaign and clients who have written checks, large and small. Legal psilocybin in Oregon? We like the sound of that. But do we unconditionally and unapologetically love the ballot measure? No,

How Religious Groups Can Petition to Use Psychedelics Legally

How Religious Groups Can Petition to Use Psychedelics Legally

Religious organizations that want to use psychedelics for religious purposes and comply with U.S. law are forced to petition the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to do so. The petition process is set out in a set of interim guidelines published by the DEA (Interim Guidelines).

Religious Use of Psychedelic Drugs Under Federal Law: A History

Religious Use of Psychedelic Drugs Under Federal Law: A History

The history of psychedelics in religion is long and mysterious, going back multiple millennia to prehistory. While the exact origins of these practices are too far back to determine, archeological evidence suggests mushrooms, DMT and other psychoactive substances have been used in religious ceremonies and rituals for at least 6,000 years. International treaties such as the Single Convention

Here Comes the First Approved MDMA (Ecstasy) Drug

Here Comes the First Approved MDMA (Ecstasy) Drug

Last week, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) made a very big announcement: it had raised $30 million to complete its promising study of MDMA (ecstasy; molly) for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already has granted MAPS “breakthrough therapy” approval based on earlier trials. With its recent cash

Schedule I Controlled Substance

How to Study Schedule I Controlled Substances

Q:  I want to study schedule I controlled substances. I want to study marijuana (cannabis), peyote, MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca/DMT and ibogaine, to start. A:  All of that is possible, but you should choose just one. Q:  OK, I want to study cannabis. A:  That’s actually one of the hardest. Please choose a better one.

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Ketamine Clinics and the DEA

Recently, we’ve been writing about ketamine-infusion clinics, which are increasingly popping up across the country (see a list of our past coverage at the end of this post). Over the coming weeks, we’ll dive deeper into individual laws and regulations governing clinics. Today, we focus on some of the high-level requirements of the Drug Enforcement

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Ketamine Clinics and the Corporate Practice of Medicine in California

Ketamine clinics are increasing in number in the United States and globally. As we described previously, ketamine is a Schedule III drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for certain medical uses, and may in some cases be used for off-label uses (such as anxiety

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Oregon Psychedelics: Petition to Legalize Psilocybin for Therapy Moves Forward

Last Friday, May 22, petitioners submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State a ballot initiative (IP 34) seeking to permit the use of psilocybin for therapeutic use under a licensing and regulatory framework administered by the Oregon Health Authority (“OHA”). The submission was quite a feat, especially given the challenges presented by COVID-19 during the

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Will Psilocybin Clinics Be The Next Big Thing in Treating Depression?

Earlier this year we wrote about the movement to decriminalize psilocybin – noting its success in Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz – and that nearly 100 other cities are looking at decriminalizing psychedelics. (The Psilocybin Movement is Like the Cannabis Movement (Except When It’s Not)). That article posited that psilocybin would move along two tracks