Republican lawmaker Rep. Jeff Shipley has introduced a bill in the Iowa legislature that would legalize the medicinal use of psilocybin, MDMA, and the hallucinogenic drug ibogaine. Another bill from the freshman representative would remove only psilocybin from Iowa’s list of controlled substances.
Shipley introduced both bills in the House of Representatives on February 6. House File 249 (HF 249), would remove ibogaine, psilocybin, and MDMA from the state’s list of schedule I controlled substances and allow for the state to create rules for the medicinal use of the drugs. House File 248 (HF 248) would remove only psilocybin from schedule I of the Iowa uniform controlled substances act.
Shipley said in an email to Marijuana Moment that research is the key to solving America’s health challenges.
“Exploring these issues are paramount to solving the healthcare crisis,” Shipley said. “There’s so much potential for research and clinical applications. I hope we can empower and trust patients to make their own best decisions.”
Research Shows Promise for Medical Use of Psychedelics
A study of terminally ill cancer patients was conducted at Johns Hopkins University in 2016. Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology, said that researchers found that psilocybin treatment can result in a marked improvement in the mental