Andrew Yang announced on May 27 that if elected to the office of mayor of New York City, he would personally push to invest in veterans and allow the use of psychedelic therapies for those suffering from disorders such as depression, suicide, homelessness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yang’s plan would create a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York City hospitals and local universities.
The New York Post first reported on Yang’s blueprint toward utilizing psychedelic therapies for veterans—which includes the legalization of certain substances in controlled medical settings, including psilocybin mushrooms and 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Cannabis would also fall under psychedelics.
Amid a recent boost in funding for the city’s agency responsible for assisting veterans, Yang plans on taking advantage. New York City’s FY 2021 city budget sets aside nearly $7 million for the Department of Veteran Services—but Yang wants to boost that to $10 million, according to the campaign.
Yang’s grand plan—the first veterans-specific platform among the current pool of major New York City mayoral candidates—would also include a goal to set aside five percent of city jobs and contracts for military veterans. Yang’s plan also includes allocating $2 million for legal services for veterans who fall below