(The Center Square) — Maine lawmakers are weighing a controversial proposal to legalize psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic use, but the move faces pushback from law enforcement groups.
A proposal being pending before the Legislature’s Committee On Veterans and Legal Affairs would make “magic mushrooms” legal for adults 21 and older and set up a system of sales and taxation.
One of the bill’s primary sponsors, state Sen. Donna Bailey, D-Saco, points out that the measure wouldn’t authorize retail over-the-counter sales of the drug and would require the state Department of Health and Human Services and an advisory board to develop “strict safety criteria” to “minimize risk and maximize benefit.”
“It would establish a safe, tightly regulated program to make psilocybin treatment services available for veterans, first responders, and others in need,” she said in written testimony. “Licensed and trained facilitators would administer the treatment.”
But the proposal, which was held