Canada Moves Closer to Legalizing Medicinal Use of MDMA

published on October 27, 2017 by Simon Coutu in VICE

The initial results of the drug-assisted psychotherapy project have been positive.

This story first appeared on VICE Quebec.

The use of MDMA in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may soon be one step closer to legalization in Canada. Montreal has been selected as a research site for clinical trials on drug-assisted psychotherapy, according to the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which is overseeing the research. The final step that could lead to the legal use of MDMA in a medical context.

“We are going to have two research sites in Canada,” says MAPS Director of Strategic Communications Brad Burge. “Montreal will be led by Dr. Simon Amar. But we still can not confirm who will lead Vancouver. “

The study, which will take place in Dr. Amar’s private clinic could be launched as early as the end of the year or the beginning of 2018. MAPS tells VICE it received a letter from Health Canada indicating it doesn’t object to the research, though the federal agency wouldn’t confirm as much since talks are ongoing. 

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