Oregon Counties Moving to Opt-out of Measure 109

Oregon Counties Moving to Opt-out of Measure 109

    Oregon Ballot Measure 109, passed by voters in 2020 to legalize psilocybin services in the state starting in 2023, provides a mechanism for local governments to hold elections to opt-out of measure 109 (i.e., not allow service centers or manufacturing businesses within their jurisdiction). The Linn County Board of Commissioners recently decided to refer opting-out of Measure 109 to local voters this coming November. Deschutes County recently indicated interest in referring the issue to voters at the next general election as well, and the same goes for Malheur County. This blog post will discuss where else in Oregon opt-out elections may occur, why some local governments are deciding to remove themselves from Oregon’s revolutionary psilocybin program, and how opt-outs will impact access and equity. Possibility of More Opt-Out Jurisdictions The League of Oregon Cities recently published model ordinances and ballot measures for local governments wanting to opt-out of Measure 109. Many localities in Oregon voted against Measure 109 in the 2020 election, with the following counties voting against the measure: Baker, Coos, Crook, Douglas, Grant, Gilliam, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler. August 19 is the deadline for counties to file an opt-out ballot measure with their county clerk in order to refer the issue to local voters at the next general election on November 8. Prospective business owners looking to purchase real estate to open a psilocybin service center or manufacturing facility should accordingly look at the voting results of the county where their prospective property is located. Even in counties that supported the measure, still unknown local time/place/manner (TPM) regulations are variables that may mean it is best practice to wait before investing in real estate. Why are Counties Opting Out? Rural counties like Linn were bound to opt-out of Measure 109 simply because residents…

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