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And just like that, there will be a whole new generation of politicians working on integrating psychedelic assisted therapy in the healthcare system and into new laws. How will the BTM (Betäubungsmittelgesetz in Germany) look like? Will we see a decentralization of mental health care? Why is pretty much everyone microdosing, although it is still really illegal? I am thrilled to talk to Mario Brandenburg from the FDP party today about the coming years, psychedelics and yes, Germany. Mario Brandenburg, born in Rhineland-Pfalz, is a spokesman for research, technology and innovation for the Free Democrats FDP (https://www.fdp.de/) Brandenburg is in the German Bundestag, chairman of the Education and Research Working Group, deputy member of the Digital Agenda Committee and member of the german Bundestag, Last year, he was one of the first politicians in Germany, who started to look into the possible rescheduling of psilocybin and made a request, how the old government under Angela Merkel could be encouraged to spend more money on clinical trials in terms of psychedelics. Now, since the election, Brandenburg is part of the new government and might be one of the german politicians engaging in making psychedelic assisted therapy available in Germany in the coming years. In May 2021, Brandenburg and some FDP colleagues submitted a so-called "Kleine Anfrage zu Medizinische Forschung mit Psilocybin und anderen psychedelischen Wirkstoffen in Deutschland”, in which he presented a list of questions to the federal government at the time, on the basis of which the government had to provide information about the current assessment of psilocybin as a therapeutic agent. We talk about legalization of cannabis in Germany and the decriminalization movement in the US, the decentralized mental health models and what would happen if you don't have to wait months to see a psychiatrist or therapist, the War on Drugs, why FDP leader Christian Lindner is talking about ending the criminalization of users and 'draining the black market’, why the Germans are afraid of microdosing and Silicon Valley why after the pandemic and Covid, we might need a speedy decriminalisation of new psychedelic tools and therapy that will help us to really cope with the massive wave of mental health problems.