‘It’s not medical’: Oregon wrestles with how to offer psychedelics outside the health care system

Psychedelic legalization in Oregon was widely promoted as a way to treat depression and trauma and, even among those writing regulations, there is confusion around how medical psychedelics will be.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Visitors to the fabric store, kitty-corner to a Whole Foods, are greeted by a sign on the glass front door. Outlined in red, it says: “NO drugs, NO money kept in this building.” Not for much longer.

Come early next year, if all goes according to plan, the rolls of cloth and sewing machines will be replaced by magic mushrooms. The century-old wooden building will become one of hundreds of locations across Oregon where people can come to take psychedelic drugs legally.

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