Medford Approves First Psilocybin Service Center
On May 25th, the Medford Planning Commission voted to approve plans for the launch of Shrooms Help Center, the city’s first psilocybin service center. The center will occupy a currently vacant building on Market Street, neighboring a nearby coffee shop and a wellness center. When complete, the treatment facility will boast six therapy “rooms,” including an outdoor area of approximately 8,000 square feet. As part of the approval process, the Commission conducted an in-depth review of Shrooms’ business plans, including parking, staffing, and business hours, with the only unique condition of the approval being the limitation of psilocybin administration hours to 8am - 11:59pm. The city’s approval of the service center is welcome news to current and prospective psilocybin facilitators, as many have expressed concern over the early disparity between the number of facilitator and service center licenses. While Shroom Help Center’s OHA license is still pending, if approved, the license will be the first service center license awarded in Medford since licensure began earlier this year. “We were concerned early on that some areas of the state would be underserved by psilocybin licensees. Would we end up with pockets of oversaturation in populated areas and other less populate regions wouldn’t have access to services at all? This approval allows for psilocybin coverage in a smaller jurisdiction and hopefully represents a continuing trend. It’s exciting to see service centers popping up throughout the state,” says Emerge attorney Alex Berger.