Law makers from Massachusetts listened to a testimony about a legislation seeking to establish a task force which would be mandated with looking into the results of decriminalizing psychedelic substances such as ayahuasca, DMT, LSD and psilocybin across the state.
This legislation was introduced last week by Rep. Mike Connolly, in which he argued that emerging studies shows that these psychedelics substances have repeatedly proven to have healing properties against various mental health conditions.
Connolly went ahead to point out that problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, addiction and depression have always been a big challenge to sort out even at the federal level. He says this is reason enough to give researchers and psychedelics a chance in treatment of these conditions.
Nonetheless, members of the Joint Judiciary Committee failed to vote on the proposal.
The proposed task force will comprise of 21 members who will be in charge of weighing the merits and demerits of legalizing the distributing, possession and consumption of psychedelics across the state.
Connolly said this task force will also aim to bring together stakeholders from the racial justice, public safety, scientific, involved regulatory institutions, harm reduction and medical communities to provide their input on the matter concerning decriminalizing psychedelics substances.