Colorado Psilocybin Update

Colorado Psilocybin update

Colorado is taking a unique approach to the legalization of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in certain types of mushrooms. While the state’s new legislation doesn’t currently permit retail sales of psilocybin, it does pave the way for the establishment of legal “healing centers.” In this blog, we will explore the state’s plan for these centers, the timeline for their creation, and how they could change the landscape of mental health therapy in Colorado.

1. Colorado’s Approach to Psilocybin Use

Colorado’s new legislation has made it clear that, unlike other states, there will be no psychedelic dispensaries for the retail sale of mushrooms or other psilocybin-containing substances. Instead, the state will eventually allow legal “healing centers” where clients can pay for supervised, on-site psilocybin experiences. Rather than providing customers with psilocybin to take home and use at their discretion, these centers will ensure that ingestion occurs onsite under the supervision of a licensed professional.

2. The Long Road to Healing Centers

The concept of healing centers for supervised psychedelic experiences is groundbreaking, but it’s important to note that their actual establishment is still in the early stages. The state has only just begun to draft the rules and regulations that will govern these businesses and their employees, along with guidelines for producers who will be licensed to grow and sell mushrooms to these centers.

3. The Role of the Natural Medicine Advisory Board

To help navigate these uncharted waters, the state has formed a Natural Medicine Advisory Board consisting of 15 members. This group includes psychedelic researchers, health experts, law enforcement officers, and others. Their task is to advise state authorities on various aspects related to psilocybin use, including how to train and evaluate facilitators.

While the board was initially set to make recommendations by September, the timeline has been extended. As a result, the board’s initial work is now expected to be completed by spring or summer of next year.

4. Ensuring Accessibility and Equity

In addition to establishing the logistical and safety aspects of psilocybin use, the board will also consider issues related to accessibility and equity. Their aim is to ensure that access to psilocybin is “affordable, equitable, ethical, and culturally responsible.” Once the board finalizes their recommendations, state agencies like the Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Department of Revenue will translate these recommendations into final rules.

Colorado’s approach to psilocybin legalization represents a new chapter in the burgeoning field of psychedelic therapy. By creating a structure for controlled, supervised use, the state is prioritizing both the safety and the potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on the evolution of psilocybin legislation in Colorado and across the U.S.