Oregon Officials’ Rejection Of Rules For Spiritual And Religious Psilocybin Use Called Into Question

Oregon Officials’ Rejection Of Rules For Spiritual And Religious Psilocybin Use Called Into Question
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Last week, the board proposing rules for Oregon’s nascent psilocybin industry held a second-to-last meeting before making final recommendations to state regulators. The meeting was contentious, and for the first time in its fourteen-month history, the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board started with a closed-door executive session. For one hour, board members and Oregon Health Authority officials met privately with attorneys from the state’s Department of Justice (DOJ). Journalists were permitted to attend if they vowed not to report what they saw, but the public was excluded. The topic was a proposed ruleset called “Privileges and Duties of Entheogenic Practitioners.” An Oregon attorney named Jon Dennis drafted the proposal, which he presented to the board’s Health Equity and Licensing Subcommittees this spring. Each committee approved the proposal before sending it for consideration by the full board. (Disclosure: The author of this article served on the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board for one year and chaired its Licensing Subcommittee before resigning to move out of state.) Dennis told Marijuana Moment he drafted the proposal for non-profit communities, including churches and spiritual groups, who hope to become licensed psilocybin businesses. Specifically, it calls for rules tailored to communities that utilize psilocybin, which have historically been spiritual or religious. In public comment sessions throughout the past year, members of the public expressed concerns that corporate interests have dominated the rule-making process to the exclusion of these communities. Oregon’s psilocybin industry originated during the 2020 election, when state voters passed ballot Measure 109, also known as the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act. The initiative required Gov. Kate Brown (D) to assemble the advisory board and triggered a two-year development period in which members propose rules to the health authority. But while the health authority has until December 31 to publish final rules, the board’s recommendations are due on…

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