US Federal Government Takes Critical Step Towards MDMA Decriminalization

US Federal Government Takes Critical Step Towards MDMA Decriminalization

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In recent years, MDMA, the substance more commonly known as “Molly” or “Ecstacy” has emerged from existing mostly within the underground rave music party scene into a widely-used and mentioned drug throughout mainstream pop culture. Despite changing tides in public attitude and opinion,  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has only as of last week taken any steps to modify its stance on MDMA as a Schedule I drug, which means it stands alongside heroin and crystal meth in the most illegal and harmful grouping of substances.

However, as of last week, the DEA approved a MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) study where the plan is to administer MDMA to “18 subjects, each with proven life-threatening illnesses, in a non-hospital setting”. The hypothesis set forth is the MDMA’s chemical qualities have shown promise in helping potential patients cope with the powerful anxiety and depression that comes with a terminal illness.


This is a landmark step, as a Schedule I classification stipulates: “The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.”

What are your thoughts? Is reform on MDMA regulations necessary?

Read More About the Study: DEA approves MDMA study for the terminally ill via @engadget

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