SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory View Alerts

Petition to regulate psilocybin mushrooms in Oregon gathers steam

The 'Oregon Psilocybin Services Act' gained a ballot title this week. The petitioners will still need to get 112,020 signatures to make it on ballots.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 11:46 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 11:51 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. — A group pushing for the decriminalization and regulation of psychedelic mushrooms continues to plug away for a shot at Oregon's 2020 ballot. The Secretary of State's office granted a draft ballot title on Wednesday for Initiative Petition 2020-034, "The Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon."

If approved by voters, the initiative would establish a legal process for licensed groups to manufacture, deliver, and administer psilocybin — the active compound found in psychedelic mushrooms.

While similar in some ways to the system by which cannabis is now legalized and regulated in Oregon, there are some major differences in the psilocybin initiative. Instead of being administered by the OLCC, mushroom products would fall under the purview of the Oregon Health Authority. Individuals interested in taking psilocybin would do so only under supervision at a "psilocybin service center" — ostensibly for the purposes of mental health treatment.

"Studies conducted by nationally and internationally recognized medical institutions indicate that psilocybin has shown efficacy, tolerability, and safety in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions, including but not limited to addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, and end-of-life psychological distress," the initiative reads.

The initiative's chief Petitioners, Thomas and Sheri Eckert of Beaverton, gathered over 1,000 valid signatures in order to receive a draft ballot title. The current initiative represents a second attempt for the couple in the run-up to 2020, following a similar ballot measure approved in December of 2018.

As is typical for initiative petitions, the Secretary of State's office has asked for input from the public "on whether the petition complies with the procedural constitutional requirements established in the Oregon Constitution for initiative petitions." Comments are due by August 21, after which the Secretary of State will make a decision.

Assuming the Secretary of State approves, the Eckerts will need to gather a total of 112,020 signatures to get their measure on the 2020 ballot.

Click here for more on the petition, including the full text.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5060666

Reported Deaths: 74152
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152491227121
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
Out of CA00
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 49°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 46°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 49°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 49°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 27°
Fog and stagnant air in the valleys, dry and mild weather continues into Monday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Sunday, November 28th Weather

Image

Sunday, November 28th Weather

Image

Ducks survive late Beaver surge, win 125th rivalry game

Image

Saturday, November 27th Weather

Image

SOU Men out shoot Antelope Valley, Women win 4th-straight

Image

Friday, November 26th Evening Weather

Image

Friday, November 26 weather

Image

Thursday, November 25th Evening Weather

Image

Pet of the Week: Bat, Hunk & Keith

Image

Thursday, November 25 afternoon weather