In the November midterms, many Oregonians decided to vote against the establishment of psychedelic-assisted therapy centers in their localities.

Several cities and counties had expressed their decision to “opt-out” of the Psilocybin Services Act, a possibility included within the 2020 statewide measure. The ballot reflected the rural-urban divide as 27 out of 36 Oregon counties and 115 towns called on their voters to decide whether to allow the therapeutic centers to function in their territories.

Psychedelic Alpha’s tracker shows opt-outs passed in almost two-thirds of the state, yet the cities with the largest populations opted in. including Portland and most of the Willamette Valley.

Only two towns –Phoenix and Wheeler and-Deschutes and Jackson counties voted to ban the measure whereas in 25 counties opt-out won. Four counties -Clackamas, Clatsop, Curry and Tillamook- switched from being in favor of Measure 109 to being against it. 

This translates to unincorporated areas within those counties where psilocybin centers and manufacturing will remain illegal. Noticeably, 17 of the total 137 opt outs will only last two years, and the remaining prohibitions can be terminated if voters decide so. 

Nine counties did not include opt-outs in their ballots and therefore automatically registered into the program: Benton, Columbia, Lincoln, Lane, Hood River, Multnomah, Wasco, Yamhill and Washington. 

Specifically in Jackson County, several municipalities approved local bans or moratoriums, so prospective businesses must ensure that there is …

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