County will put psylocybin on the ballot

By on Thursday, June 30th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

UMATILLA COUNTY – Oregon voters have authorized the production and sale of psilocybin products. That new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2023. The question is, how many counties want to allow those businesses.

“Unlike the marijuana legislation, all jurisdictions are treated as having opted in to the psilocybin regulations, unless the board refers the matter to the voters in the next general election and the voters would need to elect to opt out,” Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Shafer said.

Since Umatilla County voted Measure 109 down by an overwhelming majority when it passed, Shafer said the voters need to say no again.

“In order for the voice of the people to be heard, we the commissioners need to put this on the ballot in November,” Shafer said.

The board raised the issue at Wednesday’s commissioners meeting and will take a final vote on the ballot measure at its next regular meeting.