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

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Laurel Kilgour
Duration: 6 weeks
Format/Location: Flex Online
Date(s): Jul 8—Aug 23
Class Recording Available: Yes
Please Note: No class the week of July 29
 
Tuition: $440
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 11
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 40
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Unit(s): 1
Duration: 6 weeks
 
Date(s): Jul 8—Aug 23
 
Format/Location: Flex Online
 
Tuition: $440
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 11
 
Instructor(s): Laurel Kilgour
 
Enrollment Limit: 40
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
Please Note: No class the week of July 29
 
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 is on the brink of approving therapeutic uses of drugs such as MDMA, LSD, and psilocybin. Multiple states and cities have decriminalized the use of certain psychedelics, even as the federal government continues to regulate those drugs as controlled substances and a high-stakes election looms. 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 evolving field? Will psychedelics be monopolized by a few giant pharmaceutical companies? And what are the ethical implications of commercializing activity that has traditionally been conducted in sacred Indigenous ceremonies? 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 shaping the future of psychedelics.

This course is open to anyone interested in exploring the policy challenges and implications of decriminalizing or legalizing psychedelics.



LAUREL KILGOUR
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.