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A Deep Dive into State and Federal Psychedelic Policy with Reason for Hope
Psychedelic compounds are making their way through the late stages of drug development and could be headed for FDA approval within two years. At the same time, several cities and states are moving forward with decriminalization and legalization measures for psychedelics.

At the Federal level, recently revealed correspondence between heads of several federal agencies and members of Congress discuss plans for an "Inter-agency Taskforce on Psychedelic Medicines and Therapies," pointing toward the potential for the first meaningful Federal action in several decades.

Join us for a special online panel discussion with the executive team from Reason for Hope, the policy and advocacy group behind state legislation and behind-the-scenes lobbying with federal agencies, members of Congress, and the Biden Administration.

They'll share their insights on the current state of psychedelic policy at the federal and state levels, what's brewing behind the scenes, and what progress we can expect to see in the coming months and years.

This is an incredible learning opportunity to hear directly from advocates affecting change at the state and federal levels. There will be time for questions from attendees, so come prepared with your pressing questions about psychedelic policy!


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Lt. Gen. Martin Steele USMC (Ret.)
Co-Founder & CEO @Reason for Hope
Martin R. Steele is a retired three-star Lieutenant General in the United States Marine Corps. He currently serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, National Security Advisory Council and as Vice Chairman of the Board for Veterans Florida. He served on the VA Commission on Care during the Obama Administration (nominated by Mitch McConnell) and has testified before the United States Congress three times about Veteran mental health care and suicide prevention. Lt. Gen. Steele is the former president and CEO of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC, the largest naval museum in the world, and the former associate vice president for Veterans research and executive director of military partnerships at the University of South Florida.
Brett Waters, Esq
Co-Founder & Executive Director @Reason for Hope
Brett is an antitrust litigation attorney at Winston & Strawn, LLP and the co-founder and Executive Director of Reason for Hope, which he founded in memory of his mother, Sherrie Hope Waters, who he lost to suicide in 2018. Brett’s grandfather, a fighter pilot in WWII, also died by suicide when Brett was young. After losing his mom, Brett served as the Policy and Advocacy Chair for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, NYC Chapter, before starting Reason for Hope. Brett played a substantial role drafting psychedelic legislation in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York and in preparing briefings for the White House Domestic Policy Council, HHS, and members of Congress on the need for an inter-agency psychedelic task force.
Lynnette A. Averill, PhD
Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer @Reason for Hope
Dr. Averill is an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and a Research Psychologist at the VA with ongoing affiliations at Yale and the National Center for PTSD. Unfortunately, she lost her father – a Marine – to suicide at a young age. Her loss fueled a life dedicated to researching and furthering novel, improved mental health treatments. Dr. Averill became actively involved in policy and advocacy work after serving as a subject matter expert (SME) in Texas for HB 1802, which funded a clinical study of psilocybin to treat PTSD in Veterans. After linking up with Brett and Lt. Gen. Steele to co-found Reason for Hope, she has briefed several members of Congress and testified or served as SME in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Zach Haigney
Founder & Editor @The Trip Report by Beckley Waves
Zach Haigney is the founder and author/editor of The Trip Report by Beckley Waves, an online publication and newsletter that delivers news, insights, and analysis on emerging developments and trends in psychedelic science, business, and policy. Zach created The Trip Report because he believes that the restoration of psychedelic experiences to the culture represents a watershed moment in human history. At Beckley Waves, he leads special projects, community engagement, and information stewardship.