Oregon Governor Takes First Step To Regulate Psilocybin Mushroom Therapy By Forming New Board

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Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes last month, and now the governor is taking initial steps to launch the program by accepting applications for members of an advisory board tasked with figuring out how to best regulate access to the psychedelic treatment. In a notice on Monday, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) described the criterion for prospective advisers, who will be responsible for making recommendations on “requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services.” Gov. Kate Brown (D) will appoint 14-16 members to serve in that role. Physicians, psychologists, public health experts, scientific researchers and representatives of state agencies such as OHA policy councils or the state Department of Justice are all eligible to apply. Additionally, those with experience in the fields of mycology, ethnobotany, psychopharmacology or psilocybin harm reduction were invited to submit applications, as are members of the general public and representatives of Indian tribes. Officials are also interested in involving some representing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission “who has experience working with the system developed and maintained by the commission…for tracking the transfer of marijuana items.” In addition to weighing in on regulatory structures, the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board will also analyze “available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions.” The creation of the board and its criteria for membership is required under the voter-approved Measure 109, which will allow adults to access so-called magic mushrooms in a clinical setting. There aren’t any limitations on the types of conditions that will make a patient eligible for the treatment. OHA has two years to develop regulations for the novel program. In the meantime, the new advisory board will compile and submit its findings, which OHA will “examine, publish, and distribute publicly,” an explanatory statement…

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