As you may have heard by now, the Oregon state government just passed a major legislative initiative to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of hard drugs. This has been one of the weirdest election seasons by far, but this is good news for the upcoming American magic mushroom system.
While legalization of marijuana has already been popular in the west coast for a couple years now, Oregon has officially become the first state to decriminilize magic mushrooms, heroine, cocaine, and LSD. This measure is backed by criminal justice reform in an attempt to divert people from jails and prisons into treatment and recovery.
The Oregon drug initiative, Measure 110, will allow people arrested with small amounts of "hard drugs" to avoid going to trial, and then possibly jail, by paying a fine of $100 and submitting themselves to an addiction recovery program. This is all funded by revenues from the legalization of marijuana and the taxes on the industry.
Measure 109 legalizes psilocybin mushroom for theraputic treatment as psychedelics have been shown to help people overcome addiction, anxiety, and depression. It has not legalized magic mushrooms for recreational use. Oregon voters have passed this initiative with 58% of the 1.5 million ballots counted so far, voting yes.
One of the chief petitioners of Measure 110, Janie Gullickson, put it this way, "This is such a big step in moving to a health-based approach instead of criminal punishment, and we're devoting significant new resources to help Oregonians who need it."
For those unaware of the ban on psilocybin mushrooms, it began in the 1970s with Richard Nixon's War on Drugs. Drug offenses account for the incarceration of almost 500,000 people and nonviolent drug convictions remain a defining feature of the federal prison system.
The federal government classifies all the drugs decriminlized in Measure 109 and 110 under Schedule 1, meaning in two years the government could decide not to pass the measure. However, psilocybin mushrooms have been accepted by the medical community as a treatment option for patients especially for those with drug-resistant, severe depression.
Many have expected the rise in medicinal and recreational use of psychedlics, but none expected it to arrive in America this soon. Denver, Colorado became the first city to decriminlize psilocybin, followed by Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oakland, California; Oregon is the first to decriminlize the Schedule 1 drugs on a statewide level.
The legislation would require the Oregon Health Authority to allow licensed, regulated production and possesion of psilocybin, exclusively for the administration by licensed facilitators to clients. Many terminally ill patients and war veterans have spoken in support of this measure.
Chad Kuske, a former Navy SEAL, suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving in 12 different combat deployments over an 18 year period says this:
"I was really suffering from stress, anxiety, depression. I was angry all the time. It's not an overestimate by any means to say that [psilocybin] saved my life, because the path that I was taking would have eventually just led me to continued suffering, jail, or death"
It is unknown whether or not the federal government will allow these measures to pass, but it is very great news for the psilocybin industry.