Oregon is on its way to legalizing the use of psychedelic mushrooms, but it's not for recreational use. Measure 109, a carefully crafted ballot initiative supported by medical experts, enables trained persons to give patients psilocybin, which is the psychedelic component of the mushrooms, so as to be used as a mental health treatment, per Oregon Live.
This makes Oregon the first state to legalize the substance. Other cities in the country have decriminalized it, but this marks a first in the sense that it will allow supervised usage within the state.
Measure 109 had a 56% majority as of Tuesday evening, according to Oregon Live. 1,832,513 votes were counted.
It'll take the next two years to hammer out the regulatory details surrounding psilocybin usage in Oregon, including how to qualify a therapist administering its use.
Treating mental health issues with psilocybin therapy
Psilocybin therapy has been carefully monitored and researched by scientists in renowned universities such as Johns Hopkins, Imperial College London, and UCLA — all of which have noted its promising results when treating mental health issues such as depression and PTSD.
Psychotherapist Tom Eckert told Oregon Live that "We need options. And this is a valid therapeutic option that could help thousands of people."
It was stressed that if the bill were to pass, magic mushrooms won't become legal for recreational sale just anywhere. It would become available as psilocybin, which would be stored and administered in selected licensed facilities.
Patients would also have to be over 21 years old and pass a screening test beforehand.
Oregon isn't solely focusing on mushrooms, though, as it's also looking to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of recreational drugs through its Measure 110, which passed with a 62% majority on Tuesday night, per the New York Post.