HB 3560 protects Higher Ed Coordinating Commission from suit over psilocybin

HB 3560 VOTE: NO
In Committee
Pending House Vote
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1/Measures/Overview/HB3560
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1/Committees/HHED/Overview

This bill prohibits person from suing Higher Education Coordinating Commission for commission’s performance, or failure to perform, any duty, function or power relating to psilocybin products following effective date of Ballot Measure 109 (2020).

The voters pass Measure 109 to give the Oregon Health Authority two years to work with an advisory board in developing the regulatory framework for an entirely new industry, including licensing requirements for centers and facilitators and guidance on identifying clients’ risk factors. To my knowledge, we still need to see OHA’s plans.

The Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association opposed the measure, saying further studies are needed to test the safety of the drug and warning that psilocybin ­­use – administered by a facilitator with as yet unspecified credentials – risks interfering with a client’s prescribed medications or making mental health conditions worse.

Adding more entities to the exempt list only begs for an out-of-control regulation. Higher Education Coordinating Commission is not mentioned in the enabling statutes, and I object to them running studies on college students.


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