Understanding the Psilocybin Ballot Measure in Oregon

Understanding Oregon Ballot
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More and more initiatives surrounding psychedelic substances are making their way onto state initiatives. Oregon is leading the country in efforts for magic mushroom legalization. Below is a simple explanation of the Psilocybin Ballot Measure in Oregon.

Initiative Petition 34: Legalize Psilocybin Therapy

What would it do? 

Make Oregon the first state to legalize the manufacture and use of psilocybin, the psychoactive component in hallucinogenic mushrooms, at licensed therapeutic clinics. The Oregon Health Authority would have two years to set up a licensing program.

Road to the ballot

Signature gathering. It’s not yet certified to appear on the ballot, but the campaign spent more than $1 million as it gathered signatures in the midst of the pandemic.

Campaign

It’s currently running a $70,000 debt from gathering signatures. But its supporters have deep pockets: Backers received $800,000 from Washington, D.C., political action committee New Approach, whose largest donors are the mental health-focused American Foundation in New York and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, a longtime supporter of drug legalization.

Opponents

 Medical professionals say the science of psilocybin research is not well enough established to sanction.

Initiative Petition 44: Decriminalize Drug Possession

What would it do? 

Reduce possession of small quantities of narcotics from a misdemeanor to a violation—the equivalent of a parking ticket. Oregon would be the first state in the nation to do this.

Road to the ballot

Signature gathering. It’s not yet certified, but the campaign has spent $2 million as part of qualifying.

Campaign

It’s raised $1.6 million from Drug Policy Action, a political action arm of the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit to legalize cannabis and end the drug war.

Opponents

The Oregon Education Association has raised objections that the measure would redirect cannabis tax revenue from schools to drug treatment programs.

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