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Legalization justice act… filed in Salem, Oregon [Cannabis Measure 91 & Psilocybin Measure 109]

In late January 2022, the Oregon state legislature filed a pre-session, psilocybin social equity bill to supplement the state’s groundbreaking Measure 109 program. That legislation is new Senate Bill 1580, sponsored by ten Democratic state lawmakers… a critical time, as Oregon’s new legal psilocybin program serves to transition psilocybin from an illegal substance into a regulated industry within the state. It also fills a gap that many saw in Measure 109, which, like Measure 91 on cannabis before it, fails to address social equity in any respect.

“This is about equal rights because whenever you pick a certain group and treat them differently that is discrimination. Patients, renters, the poor, people of color and women are still marginalized for their cannabis use, despite legalization,” said Madeline Martinez (Executive Director of Oregon NORML and Women’s Alliance)… intent is to make a dent in the injustices of prohibition that we know still exist post-legalization… crucially, with the rise of highly-taxed legal cannabis in Oregon… vulnerable cannabis patients in your communities have completely fallen by the wayside. Patients with qualifying conditions written into Oregon’s state law have lost access to caregivers… “We are in a situation where we have legalized it and anyone over the age of 21 can purchase it, but you cannot smoke it anywhere unless you own your home,” (former Correctional Officer who turned Cannabis Activist) Leia Flynn says. “That is discrimination.” As citizens… we feel we have to take a strong stand against legislators who represent corporate interests over those of the constituents who put them in power. Across the nation, legalization has been sold to citizens as a way to grow, develop and sustain small-business economies; end the discrimination of citizens based on their interactions with the cannabis plant; and uphold, protect and ensure the right of medical cannabis patients to safe botanical access. It seems, however, that the opposite is happening – that corporate interests are getting a head start while our generations-deep craft cannabis community is on the brink of collapse, medical cannabis programs are dwindling, and people are still being penalized, arrested, tried and incarcerated for interactions with the plant. This is not what we worked so hard for… this is why now is the time to pass SB 1580: Oregon needs to push for [psilocybin] equity focused provisions that will support some of the most vulnerable communities including low-income and BIPOC individuals.

Vote: Blouin, Aye; Kennemer, Exc.; Lieber, Aye.; Robinson, Exc. Sollman, Aye. [(Committee Vote (Aye, Nay, Excused, Absent, 3-0-2-0)] 2-14 (S) Recommendation: Do pass and be referred to Ways and Means by prior reference. 2-14 (S) Referred to Ways and Means by prior reference. Public testimony included 3 Aye, 1 Nay.

Public testimony included statements submitted as follows: (Beaverton, OR) “For the record, my name is WLnsvey Campos, my pronouns are she/her, and I am the State Representative for District 28, which covers Beaverton and Aloha and sits on the traditional lands of the Atfalati, Cowlitz, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Kalapuya peoples. I’m here today to testify in support of SB 1580, which would create a taskforce to ensure the accessibility and equity of Oregon’s emerging psilocybin program for patients and providers. Oregon needs to push for equity focused provisions that will support some of the most vulnerable communities including low-income and BIPOC individuals. We cannot continue the cycle of shutting out the future of medicine to certain communities and we have a rare opportunity here to prevent these inequities from being built into this system in the first place. This is why now is the time to pass SB 1580: because it will help patients, providers, and communities have the opportunity to ensure there is equity in Oregon’s emerging psilocybin program…” (Salem, OR): “I am in my third year at Willamette’s College of Law and I have been closely following Measure 109 since it began as IP 34. I am proud of Oregon for taking on the challenge of rolling out a program to provide these potentially invaluable services to the public, especially during these hectic times. While I remain enthusiastic about measure 109, I predict the accessibility of these services could be one of the program’s shortcomings. It would be a shame to have such a revolutionary program be prohibitively expensive, or otherwise out of reach, for those who could benefit from it the most…” (Salem, OR): “I am a third-year law student in Salem, OR and I have been following Measure 109 since its inception. The several hours-long duration of a psilocybin therapy session, among other things, has caused many proponents of Measure 109 to justifiably question the affordability of psilocybin therapy. This is particularly true as the incentives to pay for psilocybin therapy remain low… psilocybin mushrooms grow abundantly in Oregon…”

Original Article (Oregon Norml, Big Buds Mag, LED Grow Lights 101, Lexology, Oregon Legislature ): Oregon NORML Testimony for SB 218 & Legalization justice act of 2020 filed in Salem, Oregon & Truth and justice: Oregon’s justice league seeks to right the wrongs of unfair cannabis regulation & What was the Oregon Compassion Center & The Oregon Psilocybin Social Equity Bill & Oregon Legislature & Oregon Legislature Public Testimony
Artwork Fair Use: Workman

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