Oregon Approves First Psilocybin Service Center License
Nearly three years after voters approved Measure 109, which made Oregon the first state in the country to legalize psilocybin, on Friday the Oregon Psilocybin Services section issued the first service center license - to EPIC Healing Eugene, owned by Cathy Jonas. Once licensed, service centers can employ and/or contract with licensed facilitators who are trained in providing preparation, administration, and integration sessions to clients. Service centers will sell psilocybin products that were produced by licensed manufacturers and tested by licensed laboratories. Clients 21 years of age or older may access psilocybin services, and while they won’t need prescriptions or referrals from healthcare providers, they must first complete a preparation session with a licensed facilitator.
If they meet the criteria to move forward, they may participate in an administration session at a licensed service center, where they may consume psilocybin products in the presence of a trained and licensed facilitator.
“Oregon has now issued at least one Service Center, Manufacturer, Laboratory, and Facilitator license, and almost 100 worker permits, all of the license types under the newly created program. While the process was not free from controversy, this approval represents the culmination of years of cooperative work by government, businesses, and the public,” said Emerge’s Matt Brockmeier. “It’s also instructive as other states, like Colorado, are also creating similar regulatory schemes. Psychedelic decriminalization efforts are gaining momentum around the country, and states like Oregon and soon Colorado can provide a helpful model for other states.”