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LAW 107 W — Far from Far Out: Policy Perspectives on the Psychedelic Renaissance

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 12
Refund Deadline: Jul 14
Unit: 1
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Laurel Kilgour
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jul 11—Aug 12
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 14
1 Unit
Laurel Kilgour
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
After decades of suppression, large-scale research into the use of psychedelic medicines to treat mental health conditions has experienced a dramatic revival. Promising results have spurred tremendous investment in an industry that may be worth an estimated $7 billion by 2027. The Food and Drug Administration has approved therapeutic uses of drugs such as MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine. Multiple states and cities have decriminalized the use of certain psychedelics, even as the federal government continues to regulate those drugs as controlled substances. In this context, widespread adoption of psychedelics seems at once inevitable and fraught with uncertainty.

How did substances that are still mostly illegal gain so much traction? Are patents good or bad for promoting innovation and access in this dynamic field? Will psychedelics be monopolized by a few giant pharmaceutical companies? And what are the ethical implications of commercializing activity that had traditionally been conducted in sacred indigenous ceremonies—or that resulted in the incarceration of people from marginalized communities? To explore such questions, we will examine current legal frameworks and academic scholarship through readings, lectures, and sessions with guest speakers. We will conclude by considering emerging policy proposals for governing the future of psychedelics. This course is open to anyone interested in exploring the policy challenges and implications of decriminalizing psychedelics.

Counsel, Comar Mollé LLP

Laurel Kilgour represents investors and startups on corporate, compliance, and employment matters. Previously, she focused on biglaw commercial and intellectual property litigation. She has also analyzed international policy issues at the World Health Organization and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received a JD/MS from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.