Guest Column

In a recent guest column in The Bulletin, Morgan Schmidt, who is running to replace Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair, took Commissioner Adair and fellow Commissioner Tony DeBone to task for voting to have a measure affirming psilocybin treatment centers referred to the voters. She accused Commissioners Adair and DeBone of “second guessing” Oregon voters, who approved the legalization of psilocybin therapy and use of psychedelic drugs and other controlled substances with the passage of Measures 109 and 110 in November 2020.

Commissioners Adair and DeBone were correct to refer the issue back to the voters. Oregon voters were misled by the original initiative to legalize use of illicit drugs. In an effort to keep drug offenders out of jails, the voters were asked to decriminalize a wide range of such drugs. Passage of Measures 110 resulted in increased deaths, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. It is in the best interest of all Oregonians to revisit Measure 109, which made Oregon the only state to legalize psilocybin therapy. In fact, Jefferson and Crook counties have decided to include measures to outright ban that drug on their fall ballots.

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Dr. David Coutin is a retired immunologist who lives in Bend.

(3) comments


Clearly, Morgan Schmidt hasn’t performed adequate research to publish this opinion of hers. Morgan’s position is definitely politically motivated and not in the best interest of the general public. We MUST have County Commissioners that express the will of the voters and not their personal agendas. There’s no harm having people vote re: land-use and psilocybin manufacturing on County land. Collectively, we’re more educated now in 2022, then 2020. Especially since the disastrous failures of Measure 110 are running people’s lives.

#1 Its 120 hours to become licensed to administer psilocybin and no requirement of professional medical backgrounds/degrees. Psilocybin should be administered by medical doctors with PhD’s. Not alternative medicine practitioners, heck, I could administer psilocybin. Also, this treatment should be for medical use only and not allow recreational use.

#2 Measure 110 must be reformed or repealed! The overdose deaths have tripled, and state of Oregon is the 2nd most addicted state in the U.S!

#3 Check out Deschutes County Shane Nelson's opinion article published on July 30th. He supports Commissioner DeBone and Adair’s decision to allow Deschutes County residents a decision of County land-use.

Deschutes County residents should have the say if they want psilocybin grow farms in their areas, not Bend residents. See below 2020 voting statistics.

Sheriff's article, "Data supports this decision. Measure 109 passed in Deschutes County by nearly 7,000 votes (126,249 ballots cast, 53% approved and 47% opposed). Not a mandate by any means.

This measure was mainly carried by voters in the city of Bend, with Sisters split 50-50, Redmond and La Pine opposed the measure, and 19 unincorporated area voting precincts out of 24 voted to oppose Measure 109."


This editorial is spot on ! We were sold a pack of lies with Measure 110 and should not fall for it again with a measure 109. What’s the harm in properly educating ourselves and voting again . I’ve seen that several cities in Oregon are following this path . Candidate Schmidt should do her homework rather than pointing her finger at those who are keeping the citizens of Deschutes County safe !


"Do the citizens of Deschutes County want to risk Charles Manson-type drug-induced attacks?"

Is this guy serious?

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