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Oregonians Are One Step Closer to Voting on Magic Mushroom Legalization

It would allow adults, age 21 and older, to visit official service centers on the recommendation of a medical professional

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Oregon activists Tom and Sheri Eckert are trying to put psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelics, on the 2020 ballot in Oregon. Their initiative was filed in early July and reached the threshold of 1,000 signatures two weeks after its appearance, thereby requiring the attorney general to file a draft ballot title.

Local news outlet KDRV reports that Secretary of State Bev Clarno has requested public comment on the matter through August 21 to decide "whether the petition complies with the procedural constitutional requirements established in the Oregon Constitution for initiative petitions."

Should the petition clear that hurdle, it must then receive over 110,000 signatures by July 2, 2020, in order to qualify for inclusion on the November 2020 statewide ballot, where it would need a simple majority to pass.

The ballot measure would not allow mushrooms to be sold in stores. Instead, it would allow adults, age 21 and older, to visit official service centers on the recommendation of a medical professional in order to take psilocybin under the supervision of a licensed facilitator. Those centers would be overseen by the Oregon Health Authority.

"The facilitator kind of orients you to the service, asks some questions, gets to know you and your desires and your intentions and issues a bit more," Tom Eckert told Oregon Public Broadcasting. "Nobody's going to be taking psilocybin home with them to administer to themselves, which means that there will be none in public, no one driving," Eckert added.

Unlike Denver, Colorado, which decriminalized the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in May but has not yet set up a system regulating such lawful use, the Oregon proposal aims to quickly set up a sanctioned system for imbibing the substance.

The Oregon proposal also stands out in another way. As Marijuana Moment has pointed out, the "Oregon measure is distinct in that it's the only one currently aiming to create a way for people to legally obtain the substance through a medical model."

"Psychedelics are uniquely powerful when it comes to creating lasting change in the human being," Eckert told Oregon Public Broadcasting. "It's a unique opportunity and it's been denied for all these years."

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  1. It would allow adults, age 21 and older, to visit official service centers on the recommendation of a medical professional in order to take psilocybin under the supervision of a licensed facilitator. Those centers would be overseen by the Oregon Health Authority.

    What more could we ask for?

    1. A pony?

      1. Mandatory teethbrushing?

    2. We could ask for Food Freedom, the ability to ingest whatever kind of natural food we wish including mushrooms and even nightshade and high cholesterol pork. What business does Government have to say we can eat Agaricus spp. and not Psilocybe? Require Psylocybin labelling for nutrution and let it go. What obligation do voters have to create jobs for DEA and the court system? Like poppies the legality is in the narrative. If they are grown for ornamental flowers, then legal. If poppy flower (Papaver somniferum) grower is ostensibly aware of narcotic potential; then illegal to grow. I like Psilocybe with my chantrelles and boletus, then I eat them for nutrition. Why kow tow to fake law by bringing up such terrible submission to illegitimate Oregon legislative and court authorities?

      1. I agree, the government has no business in what I ingest.

    3. Repeal the unconstitutional Controlled Substances Act?

      1. Correct. Funny I haven’t read much about that around here recently.

    4. Reason needs a licensed facilitator. Maybe then they wouldn’t publish stupid statist shit under the banner of ‘Free Minds and Free Markets.”

      1. I won’t blame Reason too much but this shit is crumbs and this article should be a lot more antagonistic.

  2. >>>”Psychedelics are uniquely powerful when it comes to creating lasting change in the human being,”

    not wrong. mho.

    1. +1 Remember what the doormouse said.

      I feel we’ve been here before…

      1. lol. one thing’s for certain, the white kitten had nothing to do with it.

  3. What exactly is the point of this measure?
    I’ve done mushrooms a number of times (early 2000s) with friends. It was fun.
    But doing them at a government center, under the supervision of some government hack? No thanks. “Legal”, maybe in the most-literal sense….

    1. My thoughts exactly. Either and all options should be legal. This is two steps forward and one step back.

      1. How do you figure? Right now doing what the proposal says would be illegal.

      2. One step forward and two steps back!

        1. How do you figure? A lot of complaining, but nobody’s saying why this makes anything worse.

      3. Actually it’s one step sideways and two steps further down the road of the regulatory state.

    2. Those centers better stock up on Phish and Shpongle.

      1. Black Sabbath is the best thing to listen to whilst trippin’ IMO.

        1. phish and black sabbath both.

  4. Speaking of people on shrooms, here’s a writer for the LA Times:

    “Joaquin Castro plainly did a service for his constituents and for the principle of transparency in government. The only reason any people might have for claiming otherwise is that they have something to hide. Get the message?”

    https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-08-08/shaming-trump-voters-by-revealing-they-donated

    1. Yes, because being afraid of a mob of SJW sociopaths targeting your business, home, or family = being ashamed.

  5. Medical? Idk show me data.

    Just to make shrooms legal. Good. No reason to lock people up for it.

    1. This is idiotic

      “Come do shrooms in your county health department” : because libertarian pseudopsych reasons

      1. Correct if it is just recreational fine.

        If it is medical I have yet to see the studies.

  6. Who the hell wants to trip at a “official service center… under the supervision of a licensed facilitator”?

    1. Someone who doesn’t want to deal with illegal sources?

      1. Like your own back yard????? Or your neighbor’s cow pasture?

  7. So while these people are tripping at the health department, are the officials submitting their names to the gun database as drug addicts?

    Of course they wouldn’t do that, it’s just a thought experiment.

    1. No, because they don’t become habitual users thereby, let alone “addicts”.

      1. The truth that matters is the government’s truth, not yours or mine.

        1. Nobody who was a subject in any of the clinical trials of controlled substances was denied fun permits thereby.

          1. Ah….but medical marijuana patients who register with their state are denied the ability to get a gun. That is certainly the case when it comes to the People’s Republic of NJ. Anyone on the MMP registry is denied a permit.

  8. Nature doesn’t give a damn about government approval. One of my fondest memories of hiking the Western US was in Oregon, around Mt. Hood. P. semilanciata grows wild there, everywhere. Watching the sunset after partaking in nature’s bounty was incredible!

  9. We would better ask for Food Freedom, the ability to ingest whatever kind of natural food we wish including mushrooms and even nightshade and high cholesterol pork. What business does Government have to say we can eat Agaricus spp. and not Psilocybe? Require Psylocybin labelling for nutrution and let it go. What obligation do voters have to create jobs for DEA and the court system? Like poppies the legality is in the narrative. If they are grown for ornamental flowers, then legal. If poppy flower (Papaver somniferum) grower is ostensibly aware of narcotic potential; then illegal to grow. I like Psilocybe with my chantrelles and boletus, then I eat them for nutrition. Why kowtow to fake law by bringing up such terrible submission to illegitimate Oregon legislative and court authorities? Land owners and collectors and consumers have Constitutional right to pursuit of happiness. This proposal is unnatural law.

  10. Medicalization.Is.Not.Liberty.

    Permissitarians are annoying, ignorant, and woefully misguided. Some are closet statists too.

  11. Legalizing magic mushrooms is a great idea.
    Just imagine how delicious they will be on pizzas.

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