Proponents of a ballot initiative on allowing psilocybin mushrooms in therapy have been gathering signatures and say they are making a major announcement about those efforts next week.
According to the Oregon Psilocybin Therapy Initiative website, they have more than 142,000 out of a necessary 145,000.
It says clinical tests in the past several years have shown positive results with people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other traumas. It also would allow the Oregon Health Authority to create a licensing system for trained personnel who would provide the mushrooms.
The initiative says Oregon would be the first state in the country to allow these mushrooms to be used in a legal setting.
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NBC5 News Reporter Miles Furuichi graduated from Chapman University with degrees in English and Journalism. He received post graduate experience in Los Angeles in photojournalism and commercial photography. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland working in print journalism and advertising.
Miles is a Rogue Valley native, raised in Ashland. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking and photography.