The National Defense Authorization Act Takes A Hit
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan pair of psychedelics research amendments, as well as another measure requiring a military study into marijuana-related enforcement discrimination in the armed services. These may become part of the the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
From the Marijuana Moment, the House Rules Committee for the NDAA voted favorably on an initial package of measures grouped together, including those that contains language requiring research into the therapeutic potential of substances like psilocybin, MDMA and ibogaine in addition to the cannabis proposal.
Only Psychedelics Could Bring Together AOC and Gaetz
This is tripping me out: both members of Congress submitted “almost identical” amendments to the 2023 NDAA that includes micro-dosing party drugs such as MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine and 5–MeO–DMT for active duty military members with PTSD. AOC’s version can be found here and Gaetz’s version is here. Although not the first time polar opposites have come together in Congress, it shines a bright light on just how much support there is in America and in Congress to figure out answers slow down military suicide rates.
It all started when Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s (R-TX) introduced an amendment that would allow the secretary of defense to approve grants for research into the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics. Once that got the green light, more amendments followed.
Keep in mind that these dozen or so amendments are part of approximately 1,200 other amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023. The US Senate would then need to sign off for President Biden’s next DoD budget.
There are currently more than 1,500 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills sitting in state legislatures and Congress in 2022. It is clear that the future of mental health research lies in this classification of drugs. Congress has shifted their collective opinion on such ideas very recently. An identical bill introduced last year never made it to the floor.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people – soldiers and civilians – develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about, but most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.
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