Officials in Oregon have taken an important step towards establishing the state’s psilocybin program (passed by voters in 2020) by approving a license for the state’s first-ever psilocybin testing facility, and three licenses for the state’s first psilocybin facilitators.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued a license for psilocybin testing to Rose City Laboratories, LLC, the first company in state’s history to hold such a license. This comes just a couple days after OHA approved licenses for three psilocybin facilitators, David Naftalin, Jeanette Small and Alexander Polvi. The licenses will allow them to provide psilocybin services to adults. Psylocibin is the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms.
“We want to congratulate the first facilitators to be licensed in Oregon for psilocybin,” said Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) Section Manager Angie Allbee “As your work in providing non-directive psilocybin services takes shape, we thank you for your dedication to client safety and access as we move closer to opening service centers.”
In regards to the testing license, Allbe says: “Laboratory testing ensures the safety of psilocybin products. Accurate labeling of psilocybin potency allows clients to participate in administration sessions with products that meet their needs.”
In addition to these licenses, OHA has issued at least 60 psilocybin worker permits out of the over 300 submitted.
The OHA says that under the law psylocibin sessions can only take place “in licensed service centers statewide, offering psilocybin products produced by licensed manufacturers and tested by licensed laboratories.” They say that licensed service centers “may employ and/or contract with trained, licensed facilitators in supporting preparation, administration and integration sessions with clients.”