Psychotherapist Sheri Eckert and her husband Tom are the founders of the Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS). The main goal of OPS is to bring psilocybin services to Oregon. To that end, the Eckert’s are the driving force behind the Psilocybin Service Initiative (PSI 2020), a ballot petition they created for the 2020 election in Oregon. If the petition comes to the ballot in 2020 and passes, it will create access to psilocybin services throughout Oregon and lower the penalties for possession of psilocybin to a violation.
As it stands now, the ballot measure is with the Oregon Elections Division as a prospective petition for 2020 and the campaign is gathering sponsorship signatures. In November 2018, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum approved the ballot language for the psilocybin mushroom initiative.
In a May 2018 interview with Jefferson Public Radio, Sheri explained, “It’s important to just point out that [the ballot initiative] it’s not full legalization, it’s legalized access to psilocybin services.”