There’s progress in determining the details of the new program, but many questions remain.
February 22, 2021
By: Stuart Steidle and Matt Wisner
Psilocybin will soon be legal under supervised conditions in Oregon, making it the first state in the U.S. to allow widespread use of the psychedelic compound found in particular mushroom species. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is prepping for two years of regulatory decision-making to shape the new industry after voters passed Measure 109 in November 2020.
“We are ahead of practically the whole world, and it’s super exciting,” said Measure 109’s principal drafter Dave Kopilak.
Children’s laughter rattles from the playground structure, ricocheting off a nearby, sun-dappled table topped with 40 warm, homemade vegan meals. A man dressed for brisk January weather walks his bike down Acorn Park’s central path and nears the park bench.
“Hey, good to see ya! Would you like some lunch?” Corey Prunier asks the man. Fellow Lunch People volunteer Alyssa Young places two meal boxes on a neighboring table, and with a mutual, masked, “thank you” the man leaves, food in hand. No money exchanged, no questionnaire submitted.
At Monroe Park two miles away, Lunch People co-founder Miranda McKeever greets…
The decade-old scourge of opioid abuse in the United States is — by fortunate paradox — both eroding the public stigma toward addiction and creating more sympathetic government responses, according to lead staff from non-profit HIV Alliance in Eugene, Oregon. HIV Alliance Program Director Amanda McCluskey sees people shedding the “perception of addiction as a moral failing” and adapting the perspective that complex circumstantial, even intersectional issues — related to childhood trauma, poverty, race, mental health, sex and gender — place people at greater risk of substance abuse.
Jordan Shin, Behavioral Health Manager at HIV Alliance, addresses these connections in…
Stuart is an aspiring visual storyteller pursuing master's degrees in Geography and Journalism at University of Oregon.