We are on record here at the law firm in support of Measure 109. We have friends and colleagues who have worked on the campaign and clients who have written checks, large and small. Legal psilocybin in Oregon? We like the sound of that.
But do we unconditionally and unapologetically love the ballot measure? No, it’s not perfect. As a refresher, Measure 109 would legalize the manufacture, delivery and administration of psilocybin, but only at supervised, licensed facilities. If you hope to grow psilocybin mushrooms at home, that will not be allowed. Nor will bringing those mushrooms on a camping trip with your friends. Heck, even picking psilocybin mushrooms in the forest won’t be allowed.
Why is Measure 109 restrictive? Ultimately, it probably comes down to the reason any ballot measure is drawn up the way it is—so that it will pass. Many people, including psychiatrists, are not prepared to vote for both the decriminalization AND deregulation of psychedelic drugs. Folks may not be educated about what these drugs are, how they work and what they can do. People may have ideas about psilocybin, including that it is mind-altering and powerful and potentially even dangerous. They aren’t wrong.