Psilocybin a main topic for Deschutes County commissioners in public hearing

The Oregon Psilocybin Services Actthe legalization of supervised psychedelic mushrooms used statewide was approved in November 2020.

It’s now a main topic for Deschutes County commissioners this Wednesday during a public audience.

The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a break and resume at 5:30 p.m.

Commissioners will hear testimony and consider letting the people of Deschutes County vote on banning the production of these mushrooms.

They will also hear about specific establishments producing these drugs outside the city limits of La Pine, Sisters, Redmond and Bend, but still within the county.

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Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone said the big question is how the land used to manufacture and administer these drugs will be managed.

“Are they looking for a doctor’s office, a rural retreat center, is it a two hour session, an afternoon or an overnight,” DeBone asked. . “We kind of need to know what the rest of the big picture is, so you know, we can manage our land use as we see fit as citizens of Deschutes County.”

Local county and city governments can adopt orders that prohibit the issuance of service center and manufacturer licenses.

The ordinances must be approved by voters in the next general election.

If the ordinance does not pass in the general election, Oregon Psilocybin Services will continue to issue licenses.

The Oregon Health Authority is hosting three listening sessions on psilocybin regulation July 13-15.

The OHA will begin accepting applications for licenses to manufacture and distribute these drugs on January 2, 2023.


What: Oregon Psilocybin The Services Section of the Oregon Health Authority is hosting a series of public eavesdropping in July.

At the opening of each session, Oregon Psilocybin The Services team will give a brief presentation on Ballot Measure 109, Oregon Psilocybin Services Act and upcoming regulatory process. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to members of the public to voice comments, ideas, questions and concerns.

When:

Wednesday July 13e4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Subject: Authorized premises: site, security and operational requirements

Thursday July 14enoon – 2:00 p.m.. (Pacific Time)

Topic: Conduct of the facilitator: preparation (including welcoming clients and informed consent), administration and integration sessions

friday july 15e10 a.m. – noon (Pacific Time)

Theme: Customer and product safety: packaging, labelling, dosage, duration and frequency

Where: Virtual – Zoom links can be found on the Public listening sessions Web page.

Background: Ballot 109 (M109), also known as Oregon Psilocybin Services Act, was voted on by Oregonians in November 2020. M109 directs the OHA to license and regulate psilocybin products and the supply of psilocybin services. OHA is in a two-year development period spanning January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022. During this time, OHA is building a new Oregon Psilocybin Services Section (OPS) and work with Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Rules Advisory Committees (RACs) and the public to establish rules for the production of psilocybin and supply of psilocybin services in the State of Oregon.

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Jessica C. Bell