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Psilocybin, drug decriminalization measures pass in Oregon

Measure 109 and Measure 110 both received majority approval from Oregon voters with Tuesday night's preliminary results.

Posted: Nov 3, 2020 9:01 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2020 4:47 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Two measures that would decriminalize certain drugs in radically different ways both pulled ahead in Tuesday night's preliminary results.

Measure 109 would legalize and regulate the therapeutic use of psilocybin, the active chemical in hallucinogenic mushrooms. The chemical has been touted as a potenntial treatment for mental health issues.

“Tonight is a big victory and a historic step forward for so many Oregonians suffering from debilitating anxiety and depression,” said State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a family physician and supporter of the initiative. “Oregonians have shown that they know this will be a pragmatic and intentional program, dedicated to delivering psilocybin therapy in a way that relieves suffering and improves lives.”

Measure 110 is more sweeping — decriminalizing possession of small amounts of controlled substances in favor of referrals for treatment. It also funds certain addiction and recovery services using taxes from legal cannabis sales.

“We’re so happy to take this step forward. Thank you, Oregon voters! With so many lives touched by addiction and our state’s failure up to this point to properly deal with the crisis, voters proved they are eager stop ruining lives and start saving them,” said Janie Gullickson, co-chief petitioner of Measure 110 and the Executive Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon. “This is such a big step in moving to a health-based approach instead of criminal punishment, and we’re devoting significant new resources to help Oregonians who need it.”

With almost 70 percent of precincts reporting, Measure 110 had 59 percent of votes in favor, versus 41 percent against. Measure 109 had 56 percent in favor, with almost 44 percent against.

The only two other measures on the ballot — Measure 107 and Measure 108 — also appeared very likely to pass on Tuesday night. Measure 107 concerns restrictions on campaign finance, while Measure 108 increases taxes on tobacco and vaping products.

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Cases: 309841

Reported Deaths: 3569
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Washington34683272
Marion32181388
Clackamas26315270
Lane23632246
Jackson20753255
Deschutes16401100
Umatilla12552125
Douglas10599185
Linn1030285
Josephine8536163
Yamhill737299
Klamath637891
Polk617770
Malheur475867
Benton454027
Coos406469
Columbia320237
Jefferson310446
Lincoln272829
Union266036
Wasco236739
Crook212137
Clatsop210225
Tillamook179623
Baker171920
Morrow166621
Curry166317
Hood River161635
Harney77115
Grant7538
Lake6608
Wallowa50111
Gilliam1364
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
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Cases: 4620663

Reported Deaths: 67781
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Riverside3561924786
San Diego3481004002
San Bernardino3456445474
Orange3135295344
Sacramento1494582070
Santa Clara1398391835
Fresno1347291868
Kern1343971515
Alameda1155381318
Ventura972861115
San Joaquin965701608
Contra Costa95152917
Stanislaus800341229
Tulare72268894
San Mateo51984607
San Francisco51582605
Monterey49321562
Solano43887312
Santa Barbara42872497
Sonoma39192376
Merced38977532
Placer36118358
Imperial34105753
Kings29822280
San Luis Obispo28136310
Madera21520258
Butte20994230
Shasta20308276
Santa Cruz20066211
Yolo19040239
Marin17020242
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Sutter12955152
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Yuba915461
Nevada839485
Humboldt819084
Tehama810983
San Benito706167
Mendocino676471
Lassen634127
Tuolumne605593
Lake596487
Amador486658
Glenn394630
Siskiyou383241
Calaveras334566
Del Norte330134
Colusa289718
Inyo164939
Mono14625
Plumas12076
Mariposa96712
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Modoc6278
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