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Some veterans hope Oregon will legalize psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic use

KATU Portland logo KATU Portland 9/4/2020 KATU Staff
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While vaping has falling out of favor, mushrooms are headed in the other direction in Oregon. 

The state may be just a few months away from legalizing psychedelic mushrooms for therapeutic reasons, if Measure 109 passes in the November election. 

Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in some mushrooms, has been outlawed in the United States since 1968. But over the years, studies show the drug may have lasting benefits for mental health patients. 

"I've just seen these incredible changes occur in people who come into a room closed-off, angry, suspicious, and just really hurting and then after one session of psilocybin therapy, come out the other side smiling," said Chad Kuske, a former Navy Seal who's been undergoing psilocybin therapy to cope with post traumatic stress disorder. 

Four veterans groups are endorsing the measure. 

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