Magic Mushroom Use is Moving Forward in Oregon

Officials in Oregon said on Tuesday, April 18, that the first “facilitators” who would accompany consumers throughout their experiences with approved magic mushrooms had earned their state licenses.

Psilocybin’s medicinal potential was recognized by voters in 2020, and since then, a 2-and-a-half-year wait has ensued before the drug’s legalization is finally slated to be implemented later this year. There are concerns that the industry’s rollout is moving too slowly, even though hundreds of individuals have invested thousands of dollars each.

On Tuesday, Angie Allbee, manager of Oregon’s psilocybin services, issued the state’s first facilitator licenses to the first three applicants. “We thank you for your dedication to client safety and access as we move closer to opening service centers,” Allbee said.

Magic Mushroom Use is Moving Forward in Oregon


However, there are no approved service facilities where clients may get psilocybin in a safe, regulated setting complete with music, eye masks, and mats. There is also a lack of a proper testing facility. According to the Oregon Health Authority, psilocybin may be found in entire dried mushrooms, powdered homogenized fungus, extracts, and culinary goods.

On January 2, the first day the health authorities accepted applications, Tori Armbrust submitted hers for a license to cultivate magic mushrooms. She was granted the first manufacturer’s permission in March. Armbrust was commended at the time by Allbee “for representing women leading the way for the emerging psilocybin ecosystem.”

Armbrust shelled out $10,000 for the annual license. She must spend an additional $10,000 to keep it active for another year. The 33-year-old woman claims to have spent her whole life savings of roughly $25,000 on the license, the rental of a place in Portland to cultivate the mushrooms, and the setup of utilities and other features.

To yet, she has not made a single cent. No service centers have been approved, so she has nowhere to sell the psilocybin mushrooms she plans to harvest in a few weeks. She requires a certified laboratory to examine her “psilocybe cubensis” mushrooms before sending them to a service center.

“People are under a lot of pressure with all this overhead,” Armbrust said in an interview on Monday. Because “it’s a lot of money, and we have to get it going.”

The freshest information on events at Oregon State is as follows:

The Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Psilocybin Services stated on Tuesday that it plans to issue licenses to applicants for service centers and laboratories “in the coming months.”

“We’re going to have to see how it all plays out,” Armbrust said. “This is all new, and nobody can say for sure what will happen. So, I’m just trying my best to, on my own, grow as much medicine as I can.”

Recently, over a hundred individuals attended a retreat near Portland and spent $7,900 over six months to train to become facilitators. After passing a test given by the local health department, they will be eligible to apply for facilitator licenses. As of Tuesday, three grants have been provided for manufacturing and another three for facilitators.

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