There are no changes to legal restrictions on psychedelics in Arizona, either current or prospective. However, in 2023, the state passed a bill allotting $5 million to the research and clinical development of natural psilocybin as a treatment for depression, PTSD, addiction, and long-covid symptoms.
There have been no reforms yet. However, Rep. Jennie Armstrong plans to file a bill to decriminalize psychedelics in Alaska.
The Golden State currently has two reform efforts underway. Bill 58 would decriminalize natural psychedelics state-wide and establish a framework for psychedelic-assisted therapy. TREAT California is a ballot initiative that would allocate $5 billion to developing an entire ecosystem for psychedelic therapy, including getting psychedelic drugs through the FDA approval process, which would allow the entire country to access it.
Connecticut has passed House Bill 5396, which allows for psychedelic research and creates a pilot program.
A failed bill in 2021 attempted to legalize psilocybin for medical purposes. There have been no additional efforts since.
In April 2023, the Hawaiian Senate approved a bill that created an advisory council to explore the possibility of providing access to psychedelic therapies, including MDMA and psilocybin.
The Illinois Cure Act would decriminalize the personal possession and use of magic mushrooms and provide a legal framework for the medical use of psilocybin. The bill has not made any progress since March 12, 2023.
Iowa has made two attempts to decriminalize magic mushrooms. Both were unsuccessful, and there have been no additional reform efforts since the last failed attempt in 2021.
Kentucky law specifically expresses that all of the state’s drug scheduling will correspond to scheduling applied by the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Senate Bill 709 passed unanimously in Maryland in 2022, increasing access to psychedelics for Veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. There have been no further efforts to decriminalize and/or legalize psychedelics.
Minnesota’s biggest city, Minneapolis, decriminalized psychedelics in July 2023, and the state is preparing for legalization with the formation of a psychedelic medicine task force. The purpose of the task force is to prepare for the ultimate legalization of psychedelics in Minnesota.
In January 2023, a bill was introduced to increase access to psilocybin for people over the age of 21 who are struggling with PTSD, depression, and other serious. The bill has been stalled since March.
In April 2023, a bill allowing adults with one of four qualifying conditions to access psychedelic-assisted therapy in Montana was voted down. There have been no additional reform attempts since.
Introduced in March 2023, Senate Bill 242 would have established procedures to research psilocybin for medical purposes. The bill was signed into law by Nevada’s governor in June with significant changes to the initial language. The version signed into law simply creates a working group of 15 people tasked with preparing for the potential legalization of psychedelics in the future.
A bill to legalize the possession and use of certain psychedelic compounds for people over 21 years old was filed in January 2023. The bill was ultimately killed in session on March 16, 2023. No new legislation has been introduced.
Bill S2934 was introduced in December 2022. The bill would allow for the production and use of psilocybin-containing mushrooms for health and wellness. However, it has not seen any action since its introduction.
Due to the results of a court case, growing or possessing magic mushrooms for personal use is permitted in New Mexico, though the drug is technically illegal. Extracting psilocybin or drying and preserving mushrooms still carries extensive legal penalties.
Multiple bills have been introduced in New York to increase access to psychedelics, fund research, and decrease the legal repercussions. None of the proposed legislation has been passed into law yet.
A bill filed in April 2023 proposes allocating $5 million towards researching psilocybin and MDMA as medical treatments.
House Bill 2107, introduced in February 2023, would allow research and clinical trials on psilocybin and psilocin. The bill has not seen any action since March.
In 2023, there has been a big citizen-driven push for psychedelic reform in PA. Decriminalization may be on the horizon for the state’s biggest city, Philadelphia.
On June 12, 2023, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 54-11 in favor of a bill decriminalizing psilocybin. The bill will now go to the State Senate.
Texas is making an effort to increase psychedelic research in the state. Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill in 2021 approving a study looking at the benefits of using psilocybin to treat PTSD in veterans. There are now two additional pieces of legislation in the works.
SB200 was put forth to legalize psilocybin for medical use in the State of Utah. The bill was announced in February 2023 and died just over a month later. No additional reform efforts have been made.
A bill to remove magic mushrooms from the State’s prohibited drugs has been discussed but will not move forward this year.
Virginia has made two attempts to decriminalize the main active compounds found in magic mushrooms— psilocybin and psilocin. Both have failed. There are no reform efforts currently in play.
The first attempt to legalize psilocybin for adult use in Washington state was unsuccessful. A more recent bill, called the Washington Psilocybin Services Act, has created a psilocybin task force and a pilot program.
Psilocybin has been removed from the list of controlled substances in West Virginia, though it and all other psychedelics remain illegal.