Silo Wellness Inc. (CSE: SILO) (OTCQB: SILFD) (FSE: 3K70) ("Silo Wellness" or the "Company"), a leading global psychedelics company, is pleased to announce that the Silo Wellness team coordinated the presentations of eight speakers in support of psilocybin use under Ballot Measure 109 in Lane County, Oregon, (Oregon's largest county by population outside the Portland metro area) at Tuesday's public board of commissioners meeting.
"It is important that Silo Wellness help support the education of local governments and law enforcement, as we are the only Oregon-based publicly traded psychedelics company and the only Oregon-based company with experience providing legal psilocybin use [in Jamaica] through our psychedelic wellness retreats," stated Silo Wellness founder, a Lane County, Oregon, resident since 1998. "We want to prevent any misinformation comparing the roll out of this service-based wellness industry to any perceived mishaps from Oregon's experience in the cannabis space, particularly regarding diversion and impact on neighbors." In written testimony provided to the Board, Mr. Arnold explained that currently Silo Wellness is in advanced negotiations with property owners outside of unincorporated Lane County and didn't technically "have a dog in this fight" at this time.
On Monday, the Lane County Board of Commissioners placed on Tuesday's agenda potential actions on Ballot Measure 109, including the possibility of referring an "optout" ballot measure to the voters, who already voted 60% in favor of Oregon's regulated psilocybin program in 2020. After the Silo team's public comment, Springfield commissioner Joe Berney stated, "I was really persuaded by the testimony this morning from public comment. I was persuaded by compassionate use that this is therapy, and the regulatory framework is being developed." He went on to explain that he was on the side of "'doing nothing [to prevent implementation of BM109] as the voters of Lane County requested." Thereafter, the commissioners unanimously declined to refer this issue to a vote and instead requested that staff provide a report on potential time, manner, and use restrictions.
Silo Wellness organized seven additional experts and advocates in the psychedelic space including: Dr. Joshua Siegel, M.D., Ph.D, of Washington University's Program in Psychedelic Research in St. Louis, Missouri; Dr. Parag Bhatt, Ph.D., of St. Louis, pharmacologist and Silo Wellness's retreat intake coordinator; Josh Wilson of St. Joseph, Missouri, Silo's retreat customer success manager; Frank Cartwright, of London, U.K., impact investment manager and mental health advocate; Greg Biniowsky, a Vancouver, British Columbia lawyer and a Silo independent board member and audit committee member; Heather Lee of Colorado, a licensed social worker (Colorado/Oregon) and psychedelic practitioner with emphasis in cancer/end-of-life issues; and Nimi Gandhi, of Miami, Florida, marketing/creative specialist and ADHD/anxiety psilocybin success story.
The presentations to the Board were educational and impactful. Dr. Siegel explained that psilocybin is not physically addictive and has little risk of toxicity. He stated that caffeine is an order of magnitude of 10 more toxic than psilocybin, and alcohol is 100 times more toxic than psilocybin. Dr. Bhatt and Josh Wilson both discussed their experiences interacting with Silo Wellness psilocybin retreat participants and how lives are changed positively. Mr. Biniowsky commented on how he started off as a skeptic seeing "magic mushrooms" as a recreational drug but has been blown away by the scientific research and from what he has seen in his role as an advisor to Silo's retreat team, focusing on regulatory compliance and best practices.
Heather Lee gave a passionate and impactful personal story of psilocybin and how she came to terms with her recent breast cancer diagnosis. Ms. Gandhi gave a personal anecdote of how psilocybin can assist with adult ADHD and anxiety symptoms. Frank Cartwright referenced his own personal transformation through psilocybin and how it had changed his business practice to focus on societal impact and mental health. He reiterated the importance of Silo's current retreat protocols creating a safe, sustainable and accessible container for seekers of this medicine.
Mr. Arnold explained in his statement that the typical retreat has about as much community impact as a group of yoga practitioners. He concluded his written comments with this testimonial from Christopher, a Silo Wellness Jamaican psilocybin retreat participant: "These experiences and interactions have set me on a new trajectory in life. I know my place in this universe, and I owe it to every single person who made it happen."
ABOUT Silo Wellness
Silo Wellness is a growth-oriented holding company focused on functional mushroom and psychedelic opportunities that benefit from a unified ecosystem and exceptional leadership. Founded in 2018 and headquartered in Toronto, Silo Wellness has a presence in both Jamaica and Oregon. Silo Wellness is a publicly traded company on the Canadian (CSE: SILO) and Frankfurt (FSE: CK70) exchanges and trading on the OTCQB Venture Market (OTCQB: SILFD).
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Mike Arnold, President
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