New York Lawmakers File Amended Psychedelics Legalization Bill, With New Regulations And Protections

New York (P): A bill to legalize psychedelics in New York has been significantly revised, with new provisions to allow for the possession, gifting and sanctioned use of natural plants and fungi in ceremonial and therapeutic settings for adults 21 and older.

The amended legislation from Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D) was filed on Monday, setting the stage for legislative action in the 2023 session.

As originally introduced last year, the bill would have simply removed psilocybin and psilocyn from the state’s list of controlled substances, effectively legalizing the compounds. Now the measure provides a more robust regulatory framework for a wider range of psychedelics, and it contains several protections for people who use the entheogenic substances in compliance with state law.