Make Psilocybin a Schedule VI Drug

Make Psilocybin a Schedule VI Drug

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Matt Adkins started this petition to Governor Bill Lee and

Summary: I made this petition to make sure that psilocybin is classified accurately when it comes to criminal charges. This could positively affect people who have been incarcerated for psilocybin related charges, people who enjoy psilocybin,  and any family members or friends of those incarcerated based on outdated laws surrounding Psilocybin.

 

I believe that Psilocybin (Psychedelic mushrooms) should be a Schedule VI drug in the state of Tennessee because it does not fit into the category of Schedule 1, defined by the federal government and edited by the state. The criteria for a "Schedule 1" drug in the Tennessee Drug Statutes Chart is "(1) High potential for abuse; (2) No accepted med. Use in US or lacks accepted safety for med use." The first reason this is classified incorrectly is because there are, "Animal and human studies [that] indicate low abuse and no physical dependence potential." The second reason is that psilocybin should not be a Schedule 1 drug is because it has proven to be useful medically, specifically reversing the distress felt by cancer patients because cancer can leave patients with this type of psychiatric disorder, feeling that life has no meaning. Overall, these show that Schedule 1 is not the right category for Psilocybin to be in. I believe the most fitting category for it would be Schedule VI due to it not having a risk of physical dependence, it's potential for abuse is lower then drugs listed under Schedule V, and because it is now being accepted in the US to be used medically.

Sources:

http://www.lcle.la.gov/sentencing_commission/Resources/I%20C.%20TN%20drug%20laws.pdf (TN's laws around drugs)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0028390818302296 (research based article speaking on the likelihood of abuse and dependency)

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00957359 (research for psilocybin medical uses) 

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