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Oregon psilocybin bills… [three in 2023]

[Three] psilocybin [related] bills [two psilocybin cubensis related (SB’s) and one psilocybin related (HB)] introduced for 2023… [SB 302, SB 303] & [HB 2831] which would repeal Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization law, and affect [Oregon’s] psilocybin program…

[Rep. Kim Thatcher’s SB 302]… in the psilocybin context, the new law would only apply to manufacturers. [Psilocybin cubensis] service centers and testing labs would not have to identify their landlords or property owners [and SB 302 applies the same requirement to the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission for marijuana producer applicants. And again to Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for medical marijuana grow site registrations…] Are applicants and property owners going to like this bill? No; not at all. Landlords won’t want to submit a notarized document to the government, implicating (or further implicating) themselves in aiding and abetting violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. It was requested by… Billy Williams, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon… [Rep. Elizabeth Steiner’s SB 303]… would direct OHA to require licensed psilocybin service centers and facilitators to collect and report specified data (a lot of data, if you read the bill itself… [and] it’s easy to see how this “de-identified” data could be extrapolated to undermine the privacy protections afforded to any target individual, or the outcome of any one administration session… increases program costs… ignores the will of voters and decisions that were thoughtfully made on a topic scrutinized during the OHA rulemaking process)… SB 302 & SB 303 is off to the Health Care committee; if SB 302 [and/or SB 303] is determined to have a “fiscal impact”… it would eventually have to go to the Ways and Means Committee. [Lily Morgan, Jami Cate, Rick Lewis, and Anna Scharf’s Rep. HB 2831…] would repeal Oregon’s Ballot Measure 110, a vanguard law that decriminalized possession of all drugs in the state. This bill doesn’t target the OHA Psilocybin Services program, but it would affect the program nonetheless, as of 2021, low-level possession of [specific substances, such as psilocybin under 12 grams] is no longer an arrestable offense in Oregon (it’s more akin to a traffic violation [ie, Class E violation])… how would a repeal of Measure 110 affect psilocybin in Oregon? …the OHA [M109] program will be unduly expensive… likely exclude many of the people who would most benefit from… psilocybin services. If HB 2831 were to pass, these excluded individuals would be made to… risk arrest and prosecution for use of psilocybin outside of the… OHA system… pay an outsized relative cost to access psilocybin within the… OHA system…

Original Article (Lexology):
Oregon psilocybin 2023: legislative forecast and report
Artwork Fair Use: Mpetersn

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