Is Psilocybin Microdosing Legal in Oregon Under Measure 109?
Psilocybin microdosing (i.e., taking a small, non-hallucinating dose of magic mushrooms several times a week, or daily) is gaining popularity. What was originally a trend amongst college students and Silicon Valley billionaires is quickly becoming mainstream. One might think of Oregon as a sanctuary for individuals interested in microdosing, as Ballot Measure 109 legalized psilocybin services with service centers coming online in 2023. However, whether microdosing is allowed under Measure 109 is complicated and ambiguous. Textualist Reading of Measure 109 The term “microdosing” does not appear anywhere in Measure 109. The measure also does not set dosing “minimums,” and only tasks the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) with establishing maximum dosing standards. While most service sessions are expected to last several hours, there is no set rule for the minimum amount of time clients must stay at a service center. From this purely textualist read, Measure 109 does not forbid microdosing, which might open the door for rapid fire service sessions using only small amounts of psilocybin. However, the practicality of microdosing under the Measure 109 framework runs into logistical problems. The Oregon Psilocybin Services Act will allow individuals over the age of 21 to use psilocybin at licensed service centers under the supervision of a trained facilitator. Before receiving services, clients must complete an intake screening, participate in a preparation and administration session, and have the option of completing an integration session after their psychedelic experience. This is not inherently welcoming to microdosing, as most clients who want to take a small dosage regularly don’t have the time or money to go through the entire screening and administration process daily or several times a week. Individuals wanting to incorporate microdosing as an ordinary part of their weekly or daily routine might not benefit from, or want, a fully guided experience…
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