One of the creators of Oregon’s legal psychedelic mushroom program leaves advisory board – Conflict Of Interest Issue

One of the creators of Oregon’s legal psychedelic mushroom program leaves advisory board – Conflict Of Interest Issue
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Oregon Live reports Tom Eckert is stepping down as chair of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board. Eckert, along with his late wife Sheri Eckert, worked for years to bring legal, regulated psilocybin to Oregon. The couple sponsored the bill that became law in 2020, which created a regulatory framework for therapeutic psychedelic mushrooms. “It is a day of satisfaction for me, knowing that I have helped carry out the bold policy-making mission that my late, great wife Sheri and I initiated some seven years ago,” Eckert wrote Eckert said he was grateful for being part of that work and thanked Angela Allbee, the section manager of the Oregon Psilocybin Services Program “As my life continues to change, with more relationships taking shape, I am mindful of appearances,” Eckert wrote. “I do not want anything to distract from the earnest work of this Advisory Board.” In a resignation letter Thursday, Eckert said he is mindful of appearances and doesn’t want anything to distract from the work. He also said he looks forward to supporting the development of Oregon’s psilocybin infrastructure in new and different roles. “It is a day of satisfaction for me, knowing that I have helped carry out the bold policy-making mission that my late, great wife Sheri and I initiated some seven years ago,” he wrote. “Over the course of this journey, I have had the honor of working closely with brilliant individuals and organizations — a confluence of interests —supportive of legalizing psilocybin services in Oregon, the first state ever to do so.” VICE recently reported that Eckert was in a relationship with the CEO of a Dutch psychedelic retreat company, Synthesis. Willamette Week has reported that Synthesis plans to open a clinic in Oregon and that other board members had called for Eckert to resign. In a statement, the Oregon Health…

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