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A bill that would create a task force to explore the legal, medical, and policy issues associated with legalising psychedelic medicine has been introduced in Minnesota.

The bill has two Republican co-sponsors and would be the first of its kind in the United States. Oregon became the first state to legalize the use of psilocybin in January. The bill has been introduced by Representative Andy Smith, who hopes it will be free from partisan politics.

“The pandemic affected our whole population — even if they didn’t get sick — in our mental health,” Smith said. “It’s put real pressure on us as lawmakers to make possible for these important medicines to be studied, and then to responsibly be given to those who might need them and benefit from them.

By Molly Cowell

Molly is a freelance writer who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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