In 2020, Oregon Ballot Measure 109 was passed by voters allowing for the “manufacture, delivery, and administration” of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic drug. According to the state rules, local jurisdictions are automatically opted in to allowing for this farm use and the psilocybin service centers for distribution, but can adopt Time, Place, Manner (TPM) restrictions similar to how marijuana is regulated. Without TPM regulations, jurisdictions will only be allowed to hold manufacturing and service centers to the state restrictions. People are eligible to apply for licenses on January 2, 2023, which is why Wasco County Planning is proposing to adopt these TPM regulations as part of the larger LUDO Update for 2022.

The proposed TPM restrictions focus on allowing for the farm use (manufacturing) as proscribed by state law, in farm zones: indoors only, not eligible for new farm dwellings or farm stands, and not allowed in conjunction with commercial uses. The Planning Department will add this to the farm zone Chapter which can be reviewed below. Staff is proposing to allow the service centers only in commercial zones in unincorporated Wasco County, in commercial buildings only. State law requires that the service centers not be within 1,000 feet of a school. Staff is proposing to also restrict location near a public recreation facility or daycare, similar to the rules adopted for marijuana dispensaries.

You can see potentially eligible sites in the maps below, as well as proposed revisions to the commercial zones. Staff is also proposing the adoption of a new Chapter 7, to house additional restrictions on manufacturing and psilocybin centers.

For more information on the current rulemaking process at the state level or about the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act, please see the Oregon Health Authority website.