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On November 3, 2020, Oregon became the first state in the USA to decriminalize the active ingredient in infamous magic mushrooms on an election night that saw more states ease restrictions on drugs across the country.
Oregon’s Measure 109 will give legal access to psilocybin, the main active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” for mental health treatment in supervised settings. As of November 3, 2020, at about 6 a.m. ET, the measure was passing with 55.8% support and over 2 million votes cast, according to Oregon’s Secretary of State.
Ronan Levy, the cofounder of Field Trip Health, a Toronto-based company that provides psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, said the ballot wins are “fantastic news” for what he called the “psychedelic renaissance”. His company went public last month and is traded on the Canadian exchange.
Levy added that he expects more states to legalize the use of psychedelics in supervised settings in the years to come. He said there would have been more ballot measures up for vote last year, but the pandemic got in their way, making it difficult to garner enough signatures to land on the ballot.
This is great news for the psychedelic community.