Learn about Oregon's pioneering law to make access to psilocybin legal.
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Oregon became the first state in the US to adopt law making access to psilocybin legal when voters approved Measure 109 in 2020. Psilocybin is the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms". Federal law prohibits manufacture, possession, distribution of psilocybin, which is classified as a "Schedule I" drug. Learn about Oregon's pioneering law; the promise psilocybin appears to offer to mitigate a variety of debilitating mental health challenges; how Oregon is preparing to implement this law starting in 2023. Who will be eligible to receive psilocybin therapy? Who will be able to provide such therapy? Where can the therapy take place? Does Oregon's law provide protection from federal law enforcement? Are there other avenues to access psilocybin apart from M109: possible access under Right to Try laws.
Kathryn Tucker is Special Counsel at Emerge Law Group, where she Co-Chairs the Psychedelic Practice Group. Tucker is a founding member of the Psychedelic Bar Association and serves as Liaison to the Psychedelic Lawyering Task Force within the American Bar Association. Across her 30 year career Tucker's work has focused on advocacy to protect and expand the rights of the terminally ill. She served as Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP), which she founded during her tenure as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), the nation's oldest disability rights advocacy organization. Tucker served two decades as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices. Prior to that, she practiced law with Perkins Coie. Professor Tucker has held faculty appointments at Loyola/ Los Angeles, the University of Washington, Seattle University and Lewis & Clark, Schools of Law, teaching in the area of law, medicine and ethics at the end of life.