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United Food and Commercial Workers supports New Jersey Psilocybin Bill

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360 recently announced that it publicly supports New Jersey Assembly Bill A4911, which authorizes the production and use of psilocybin to promote health and well-being.

“We welcome the introduction of this thoughtful law,” said SamFerrainoPresident of UFCW Local 360.

Local 360, which represents NJ’s cannabis workers and other employees in retail, hospitals, manufacturing and the public sector, also wants to work with lawmakers and the legislature cannabis Industry if psilocybin is legalized, according to a press release.

What’s in the bill?

Introduced by Democratic Assembly Members Raj Mukherji, Herb Conaway and James Kennedy, NJ Invoice A4911 would decriminalize the production, possession, use, and distribution of psilocybin and erase previous crimes.

In addition to overturning previous psilocybin offenses and improving equitable access to beneficial health supplements, UFCW Local 360 commended the bill’s intent to establish safe, legal, and affordable psilocybin service centers and recognized that New Jersey unions are critical to making this happen .

“It is a worthy companion to Senate President Scutari’s bill, which recognizes the great potential of psilocybin, confronts the injustices of its criminalization, and understands the need to work in partnership with unions to build a sustainable, well-regulated industry,” Ferraino said.

The bill reflects the research that suggests it psilocybin is non-addictive and may be effective in treating depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and other behavioral disorders.

“The movement to legalize psilocybin is building as more jurisdictions recognize the benefits it brings and the low risk it poses,” concluded Ferraino. “New Jersey can really be a leader in this area by making space for workers’ organizations and meaningful regulations for social and economic justice.”

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