TORONTO -- In a landmark decision, four Canadians suffering from terminal illnesses have been approved to receive psilocybin therapy to treat their anxiety -- marking the first time that a legal exemption has been given in Canada for patients to access psychedelic substances for treatment.
A press release posted Tuesday by TheraPsil, a non-profit advocacy group that is working to help Canadians gain access to psilocybin therapy, revealed that Health Minister Patty Hajdu had approved the request.
Hartle spoke to CTV News in June about his struggle with terminal cancer, and the crushing fear that such a diagnosis brings.
After the decision, Hartle told CTV News by email that he was “very glad” to hear it -- but acknowledged he hadn’t been sure how it would all shake out.
“Canadians now have the right to die, and this was legally recognized in the medical assistance in dying legislation that came in a few years ago,” Tobin told CTV News in June.