Oregon is the first state to decriminalize natural psychedelics (including magic mushrooms).
Here, we’ll explore how Oregon law regulates the use of different classes of psychedelics, including LSD, magic mushrooms, MDMA, ketamine, and more.
Are Magic Mushrooms Legal in Oregon?
Magic mushrooms are illegal all over the United States. However, in 2020, Oregon became the first state in the United States to legalize psilocybin for therapeutic use.
The Psilocybin Program Initiative, also known as Measure 109, allows psilocybin treatment in patients 21 or older.
In the same year, Measure 110 decriminalized the possession of psilocybin and other drugs for personal use. In addition, it reduced the penalty for possession of small quantities.
If you are caught with magic mushrooms instead of being arrested, you will receive a citation, leading to fines of $100.
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Do Magic Mushrooms Grow Wild in Oregon?
Magic mushrooms grow naturally all over the world. In Oregon, you can find over 20 species of magic mushrooms. They’re most abundant in farmland or temperate forests near the coast.
There’s a strong trend in Europe and North America towards the legalization of psilocybin for medical use. This is because research on psilocybin has expanded, and there is increasing evidence favoring its therapeutic use.
Further research suggests psilocybin can boost problem-solving skills and creativity, and it may be effective for treating existential anxiety in terminally-ill patients, addiction and substance abuse disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
Is LSD Legal in Oregon?
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is illegal almost everywhere. However, in Oregon, personal use of the substance is decriminalized.
If caught in possession of LSD, users are forced to pay a $100 fine and/or undergo addiction counseling.
However, if you distribute or manufacture the substance, you can still face up to 20 years in prison.
Is MDMA Legal in Oregon?
MDMA (ecstasy) is a prevalent substance among younger users. Like LSD and psilocybin, personal use of the substance is decriminalized in Oregon.
Possessing up to 4 grams of MDMA is a misdemeanor in the county. Its penalties are similar to those for the substances above, only including small fines.
Is Ketamine Legal in Oregon?
Yes. Ketamine is legal in Oregon, but only for medical use.
However, people also use it recreationally because of its dissociative effects. Possessing ketamine in small amounts without authorization is a misdemeanor in Oregon, and it can lead to a $100 fine or a full health evaluation.
Legalization and decriminalization are often confused — they’re not the same thing.
Decriminalization involves a reduction of penalties for certain compounds or activities. It doesn’t mean it’s legal; it just means you’re no longer committing a felony offense for being in possession of a decriminalized substance.
Legalization involves removing all penalties for using a substance. There can still be restrictions imposed on legalized substances. For example, when various states legalize cannabis, there are still regulations on the age of customers and the quantities of product a customer is allowed to possess and purchase.
Oregon is a pioneer state regarding drug laws. This was the first state to decriminalize the use of natural psychedelics. They were also one of the first states in the US to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
We can’t help to be optimistic about the future of psychedelics in Oregon but don’t see regulators legalizing psychedelics anytime soon. For now, decriminalization will have to do.