Oregon to Vote November 3rd on Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative

On November 3rd, residents of Oregon will vote on Oregon Measure 109, the Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative of 2020. Measure 109 would create a program for administering psilocybin products, such as psilocybin-producing mushrooms and fungi, to individuals aged 21 years or older. As of 2020, the manufacturing and consumption of psilocybin is illegal under both federal law and state law.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) would be responsible for establishing the program and creating regulations. OHA would have a two-year period to develop the program. An Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board (OPAB) would advise the OHA. People would be allowed to purchase, possess, and consume psilocybin at a psilocybin service center and under the supervision of a psilocybin service facilitator after undergoing a preparation session. Under Measure 109, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) would determine who is eligible to be licensed as a facilitator, determine what qualifications, education, training, and exams are needed, and create a code of professional conduct for facilitators. OHA would set psilocybin dosage standards and labeling and packaging rules.

Measure 109 would also allow cities and counties to place referendums on local ballots to prohibit or allow psilocybin-product manufacturers or psilocybin service centers in unincorporated areas within their jurisdictions. The measure would prohibit psilocybin service centers within the limits of an incorporated city or town.

Currently, federal and state laws prohibit the manufacture, delivery, and possession of psilocybin (psychoactive mushroom). The initiative would amend state law to require the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to establish the Oregon Psilocybin Services Program to allow licensed/regulated production, processing, delivery, possession of psilocybin exclusively for the administration of psilocybin services by licensed facilitators to qualified clients.

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