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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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Washington997499
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Clackamas585377
Umatilla430149
Lane420241
Jackson364428
Malheur237942
Deschutes222814
Yamhill164816
Linn138522
Polk116816
Douglas91217
Jefferson80811
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Benton7667
Klamath7604
Morrow6517
Lincoln61315
Wasco51919
Josephine5104
Columbia4783
Coos4182
Hood River3941
Clatsop3510
Baker2723
Crook2176
Grant1341
Curry1292
Tillamook1230
Lake1171
Harney961
Wallowa713
Sherman230
Gilliam220
Wheeler30
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San Diego76359996
Orange750951577
Kern40337448
Fresno37724481
Sacramento35854566
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Alameda28857505
San Joaquin25738502
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Stanislaus21460424
Tulare20649308
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Imperial15862356
San Francisco15156160
Monterey14750116
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Sonoma11922157
Merced11537179
Santa Barbara11277135
Kings1047587
Solano1003681
Marin7628129
Placer635468
Madera604785
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Butte389459
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Napa298817
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Lassen17733
Tehama161225
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Lake89019
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Calaveras47822
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Inyo29016
Plumas2050
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Modoc1250
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