Oregon Legalizes Psilocybin

In November 2020, Oregon became the first state in the United States to legalize the use of psilocybin in therapeutic settings. Measure 109, which was approved by voters, allows licensed medical professionals to administer psilocybin therapy to patients who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Under the new law, a licensed facilitator would administer psilocybin therapy in a supervised environment. Patients would receive a course of treatment that includes preparation, administration of the psychedelic substance, and integration sessions to help them process their experiences.


While the use of psilocybin is still illegal under federal law, Measure 109 creates an exemption for licensed facilitators and patients in therapeutic settings. The law also establishes a regulatory framework for the use of psilocybin, including training and certification requirements for facilitators.


Measure 109 is a significant step forward in the movement to destigmatize and decriminalize psychedelic substances. Advocates of psilocybin therapy believe that it could provide an alternative to traditional psychiatric treatments that often involve long-term use of medications with significant side effects.


In addition to Measure 109, Oregon also passed Measure 110 in November 2020, which decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, including psilocybin. The measure reduces possession of controlled substances from a criminal offense to a civil violation, similar to a traffic ticket. It also redirects funds from law enforcement to addiction treatment services.


The passage of Measures 109 and 110 in Oregon marks a significant shift in drug policy and reflects a growing recognition of the potential benefits of psychedelic substances in treating mental health conditions. As more research is conducted into the therapeutic potential of substances like psilocybin, it’s likely that we’ll see more states follow in Oregon’s footsteps in decriminalizing and legalizing their use.


In Conclusion Oregon’s final administrative rules created by the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Committee are now set as of January 1, 2023. The Oregon Health Authority has set a date of January 2, 2023, for accepting applications for psilocybin licenses related to services or manufacturing. Anyone applying for a license will be required to submit a social equity plan as part of their application. The state authority will oversee the licensing process, and any person or entity that operates psilocybin facilities or provides psilocybin services outside of the licensed system could face criminal penalties.


Starting from January 1, 2023, any person aged 21 or older in Oregon will be able to access psilocybin services, provided they complete a preparation session with a licensed facilitator before participating in an administration session. In Oregon, only licensed manufacturers are allowed to grow and process psilocybin products. These products must also undergo testing by accredited labs before they can be sold to licensed service centers.


In Oregon, only licensed service centers are permitted to sell psilocybin products to customers, and the consumption of such products must take place on the premises while the customer is under the supervision of a licensed facilitator. The Oregon Health Authority anticipates that it may take a while for the four types of licenses to be established and for the licensees to establish their operations.