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Breaking News: Health Canada Denies Psilocybin Access

The article Breaking News: Health Canada Denies Psilocybin Access was originally published on Microdose.

How we will get to the point where psychedelic…

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The article Breaking News: Health Canada Denies Psilocybin Access was originally published on Microdose.

How we will get to the point where psychedelic medicine therapies are available to all those who need? It will be a multi-pronged approach, requiring constant efforts from regulatory approval for new drugs, to legislative decriminalization, to education and changing the cultural taboo.

2021 saw some serious progress towards the decriminalization of psychedelics. We had California getting close to the finish line with a historic bill; Seattle becoming the largest US city to decrim drugs; Detroit decriminalising psychedelics; and the city of Toronto voting to request a decrim exemption from the federal government.

In Canada, the government has officially repealed restrictions prohibiting the sale of illegal compounds, opening up the Special Access Program to allow psychedelics, on a case-by-case basis, to be sold to approved doctors/therapists/pharmacists for patients in need.

This was big news, and part of a trend of the Canadian government recognizing psychedelics’ therapeutic potential and easing access.

Which is why it came as a shock that the federal government has just denied dozens of health care professionals seeking psilocybin access and training under section 56 exemption application. Health Canada had recently granted 3 patients an exemption a few months ago, making this decision all the more disappointing.

Non-profit TheraPsil has been leading the charge for increased access, working closely with the government. We’ll let them explain the consequences of this decision. See below.

Hopefully, this is just a hiccup on the road, and access under the SAP will give people the help they need. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

For those interested in getting involved and educated, TheraPsil is offering a webinar. See below.

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