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Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon, Michael Pollan, and “My Stroke of Insight”


The Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon is expected to appear on the 2020 general election ballot.

(If you want to know more about psilocybin, read Michael Pollan’s 2018 book, “How to change your mind.” See also books about LSD microdosing (e.g. Ayelet Waldman’s 2017 “A really good day.”) Compare with Jill Bolte Taylor’s 2006 book (and her TED talk), “My Stroke of Insight,” and her description of how the world looked from her right brain (while her left brain was incapacitated due to a massive stroke.) There is also the Psilocybin Wikipedia page and the Denver, CO, psilocybin ballot measure.)

You can also read the full text of the Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon LC (legislative concept) at the Initiatives, Referendums and Referrals database (from the Oregon Secretary of State, Voting and Election website).

Type the word Psilocybin in the IRR Database search box. (If you don’t get any results, make sure the Election Year box says 2020.)

If you want to research the ballot initiative, keep in mind that you cannot track a ballot initiative the same way you can track legislation (other than its journey through the Secretary of State’s ballot measure certification process).

(Note: You can track current legislation at the Oregon Legislature’s website, especially, but not only, OLIS. You can track previous legislation (bills and enacted legislation) by compiling what is known as a legislative history.)

Citizen initiatives that appear on the ballot are also different from Referendums and Referrals. You can read about all of these at the Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections website:
Initiatives, Referendums and Referrals, and the Civics Toolkit site (currently in Lesson 8).

For more information on compiling histories of ballot initiatives:

See my Ballot Measure Archive Project blog posts and read the “Quasi-Legislative History Research” chapter in the 2015 OLI CLE, “Oregon Legislative History, Research and Time Management Tips from the Experts,” which you can find at most Oregon county law libraries and possibly law school libraries.

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