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September 10, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Oregon “Psilocybin Services” Campaign to Announce Launch of 2020 Ballot Initiative

The Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon (PSI 2020), a ballot initiative campaign aiming to legalize access to psilocybin assisted therapy, is now gathering petition signatures for the 2020 ballot.

Chief petitioners and Portland-area psychotherapists Tom and Sheri Eckert will make the official public announcement at “Envision Oregon,” a sold-out event celebrating the science of psilocybin at the Newmark Theatre in Portland on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The Eckerts will open the event with an address in support of the initiative, followed by a lecture from renowned mycologist, author and inventor Paul Stamets. The event is presented by PSI 2020 in conjunction with the Portland Psychedelic Society.

“We’re excited to gather signatures in support of establishing a community-based service framework, in which licensed providers, along with licensed producers of psilocybin mushrooms, can blaze new trails in Oregon in accordance with evolving practice standards” said Tom Eckert.

At the federal level, psilocybin is a Schedule I drug—meaning it has no accepted medical value or use—despite a growing body of scientific evidence showing safety and efficacy coming from research institutions like Johns Hopkins, New York University, the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center and the Imperial College of London.

“To be clear, there’s no scientific basis for psilocybin’s continued inclusion on Schedule I,” says Angela Bacca, a strategist for the campaign. “It is imperative we change the law to match the reality and science because people are suffering who could otherwise benefit from this safe and uniquely effective service.”

“Oregon has one of the worst rates of mental illness in the country,” says Sheri Eckert. “Depression and addictions not only take a terrible human toll, but also represent the two biggest drags on our state economy. Oregon can turn this around by taking the lead on psilocybin.”

The Envision Oregon event featuring Paul Stamets sold out in less than a week, but there is limited press availability. For media passes or inquiries please contact the Eckerts at (971) 275-2590. Visit www.psi-2020.org to learn more about the ballot initiative campaign.

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