Friday, January 18, 2019

Psychedelia Update: Oregon's Psilocybin Service Initiative

DATELINE Sept.10, 2018
In September of 2018, Portland, Oregon psychotherapists Tom and Sheri Eckert launched the Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon (PSI 2020), a ballot initiative campaign aiming to legalize access to psilocybin-assisted therapy.

Completed in the summer of 2018, PSI 2020 is a carefully crafted piece of legislation. It defines a regulatory framework to allow access to guided psilocybin services in the state of Oregon. It also includes a tiered scheme to lower penalties in relation to the unlawful possession of psilocybin in Oregon. The proposed legislation is currently advancing as a ballot initiative measure aimed at the 2020 election cycle. The initiative campaign, led by PSI 2020 and the Oregon Psilocybin Society, is currently working to gather over 100,000 petition signatures to secure inclusion on the 2020 ballot.

“The intent of the 2020 Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon is to advance a breakthrough therapeutic model currently being perfected in research settings at top universities around the world. The service model involves a sequence of facilitated sessions, including assessment and preparation, psilocybin administration, and integration afterwards. We envision a community-based framework, where licensed providers, along with licensed producers of psilocybin mushrooms, blaze trails in Oregon in accordance with evolving practice standards.” 

– PSI 2020 Chief Petitioners Tom and Sheri Eckert

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