Varieties… [psilocybin cubensis]
Oregon’s education and licensing requirements illustrate the potential for regulatory drift. Like adult use cannabis, Measure 109’s supported adult use model allows people to access psilocybin for any reason, such as personal or spiritual growth and the promotion of physical and mental wellness. However, unlike adult use cannabis, Measure 109’s supported adult use model requires a trained and licensed facilitator to administer psilocybin. Instead of selling psilocybin at retail dispensaries, businesses licensed under Measure 109 will dispense psilocybin only under supervision at licensed facilities called service centers.
When Measure 109 was announced, it was hailed as a democratic bill that would allow anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent to enter the emerging field of psilocybin facilitation (Oregon Health Authority,). However, in practice, it appears that many approved training programs require students to have prior experience as healthcare professionals. Consequently, though the legislation promised to make the industry accessible to aspiring facilitators without college degrees or prior professional licensure, the implementation process raised barriers to entry for those individuals. Training programs led by healthcare professionals could become gatekeepers for Oregon’s emerging psilocybin industry, shifting Measure 109 in the direction of medical use legislation.