As part of a legal gray area, it’s not a crime to possess mushrooms, but it is illegal to sell them. That could land you in a lot of trouble if you’re caught.
The fungus that’s commonly known as mushrooms for sale contains hallucinogens, like psilocybin and psilocin, which can cause you to see, hear or feel things that are not there, as well as feeling anxiety, fear, nausea, muscle twitches, increased heart rate and blood pressure. It’s also not safe to consume with certain medications.
The Legal Landscape of Magic Mushrooms in Canada: Where to Buy, How to Stay Safe, and What to Expect
In the United Kingdom, a mushroom market stall opened last year on London’s Portobello Road selling psilocybin-containing mushrooms and mushroom growing kits. The stall is run by Psyche Deli, which estimates it makes sales of around 50kg (134lb) a week. It’s an incredibly small amount compared to the tens of millions of pounds that are sold every year in the US.
Across the country, some people are selling psychedelic mushrooms as a way to get around state laws. But the new law will likely make those kinds of shady mushroom transactions illegal, unless you work for a regulated establishment.
The first mushroom centers to be licensed under the new law are expected to open in late 2024 and beyond. Until then, there are still unregulated mushroom guides and growers offering guided experiences in private homes and public parks. Washtenaw County prosecutor Eli Savit has spoken out against those informal mushroom guides and warns that it is not legal to charge money for taking psilocybin or magic mushrooms without a license.