Oregon Therapeutic Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Has A New Signature Strategy Amid Coronavirus

Oregon Therapeutic Psilocybin Legalization Campaign Has A New Signature Strategy Amid Coronavirus

An Oregon campaign to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes is within striking distance to qualify for the state’s November ballot. But with a deadline to submit signatures fast approaching, activists announced on Monday that they will be taking new steps to ensure success. So far, organizers have collected more than 130,000 signatures for Initiative Petition 34, which would make Oregon the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to implement a therapeutic legalization model for the psychedelic. While that raw total is more than is required, the signatures haven’t been certified by the state and the campaign is aiming to collect an additional 15,000 signatures as a buffer against invalid submissions ahead of the July 2 deadline. Tom Eckert, one of the chief petitioners behind the measure, said in a press release that the COVID-19 outbreak will likely exacerbate mental health issues that the initiative aims to address, demonstrating the need for the campaign to push ahead and develop alternative strategies to gather additional signatures. “The stressors associated with the pandemic will undoubtedly push [rates of mental illness] even higher, which further highlights the importance of this initiative,” he said. “The pandemic also presents real challenges for our campaign in collecting the remaining signatures we need to make the ballot in November. Thankfully, our networks and supporters are energized and mobilizing—they understand what is at stake here, and we’re counting on that enthusiasm to overcome the obstacles we face.” While in-person signature collection is no longer a viable option during a…

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