Magic mushrooms are weighed and packaged at Procare farms in the Netherlands. The Phoenix City Council held a vote on August 1 asking city voters to ban the therapeutic use of psilocybin in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Phoenix voters can decide on Nov. 8 whether to ban psilocybin facilities in their community. The city council unanimously passed the bill on August 1st.

In contrast to other jurisdictions that discussed the issue and considered input from a large number of citizens, no speakers appeared at the hearings on this action.

2020 Phoenix voters approve state bill by 60% to 40% to license facilities that offer treatments with psilocybin and can manufacture and test substances often referred to as “magic mushrooms” Did.

After the city council passed the ordinance 6-0, Mayor Terry Baker said, “It’s wise to let the voters decide.

In November 2020, voters passed State Bill 109 to allow psilocybin facilities from 2023. But the bill also allows counties and cities to refer the issue to voters to ban its use in their jurisdictions.

City Council members discussed the issue at the ordinance’s first reading on July 18, and decided to hold a hearing and a second reading. Trustees chose not to pursue the moratorium during the session, they said.

Debate by lawmakers this week was brief, with clarification on the language of the bill introduced by Rep. Quetzal McCready. City attorney Doug McGeary advised the city council that he could adopt measures with the proposed wording change.

Rules and regulations governing how facilities operate are being developed by states. Several drafts have been made by the Oregon Department of Health, but much of the rulemaking is not yet complete. It may be completed in September.

City officials will have to make their own rules governing hours of operation and zones in which activities are allowed, unless voters ban them from operating. A “yes” vote on this bill will result in a ban. Under state law, this law takes effect on his January 1st.

In Ashland, the council voted not to take steps to establish a moratorium on voting after obtaining testimony from a speaker who spoke about the beneficial therapeutic uses of psilocybin at a July 20 hearing. 80% of the 2020 Ashland vote backed Measure 109, the highest support in the state.

Medford City Council also rejected calls for citizens to ban psilocybin, voting unanimously on Thursday to allow Bill 109 to proceed in the city.

The Jackson County Commission held a two-hour hearing on July 27 and heard from 20 listeners before putting the bill on the ballot, said Commissioner Dave Dotterer, speaking at the Phoenix conference. rice field. He was the only two who supported putting the bill in front of voters, while others opposed calling for a ban.

Central Point City Council issued a ban in front of November voters in a July 14 poll.

In news of another meeting, veteran Phoenix government official Al Mühlhöfer announced that he would be stepping down from the council effective August 16. He is chairman of the council.

Muehoefer was appointed to the Council in 2020 and was elected to a four-year term in November of that year. During his time on the council, Mühlhöfer was named chairman of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Urban Renaissance Authority, which is made up of members of the City Council. This year, Muelhoefer is credited with playing a key role in securing the sale of two urban regeneration agency properties for development.

Muelhoefer was Chair of the PHURA Board from 2014 to 2018. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Civic Center was completed by his agency.

He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel who flew an F-4 fighter jet and was executive director of the Main Street Program in Troy, Ohio, which worked to revitalize downtown.

Muelhoefer, who will soon be 80, said he plans to spend a cool month in Mexico with his wife, Annie Drager. Drager works in the community gardens of Phoenix Bee City USA and Blue Heron Park.

“We have been talking about it for a very long time. We are ready to move on to a new chapter in our lives,” Muhlhofer said. “I will miss everyone here. I will spend the next two weeks talking to staff and people across Phoenix about what we should do.”

“You embody the pinnacle of public service. said. “It’s an honor to sit here and work with you.”

Contact Ashland’s freelance writer Tony Boom at tboomwriter@gmail.com.


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