In Portland, a shop openly sells psychedelic mushrooms

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A Portland herbalist openly sells psilocybin mushrooms, drawing queues of more than two hours to get your hands on several varieties of psychedelic mushrooms.

In November 2020, Oregon voters approved Measure 109, a ballot proposal to legalize the therapeutic use of psilocybin by therapists licensed by the Oregon Health Authority. The successful ballot measure is currently undergoing a two-year implementation period, with the OHA currently drafting regulations for the production, distribution, and administration of psilocybin for medical purposes.

Another ballot item passed that year, Measure 110, decriminalized the possession of small amounts of all drugs, including psilocybin, but did not legalize the production or sale of controlled substances. Under federal law, psilocybin mushrooms remain a Schedule I prohibited drug of the Controlled Substances Act.

Although the OHA has yet to license psilocybin suppliers, the Shroom House store in Portland has apparently started selling shrooms. Last week, a local TV station reported that the store owner admitted to selling psilocybin mushrooms after a former employee contacted the media about the possibility of illegal sales and distributions taking place at the establishment. .

“I was led to believe by Shroom House management that this was the first licensed and medically sanctioned place to purchase psychedelics in the state of Oregon,” Kace Colwell, the former employee, told the TV channel. “They’re breaking all kinds of laws there.”

According to local reports, to purchase psilocybin mushrooms from Shroom House, customers must provide two identification forms and complete an application to become a member of the Shroom House Society. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and complete a questionnaire on anxiety and depression, among other mental health issues. A journalist from a weekly newspaper was able to buy psilocybin mushrooms about five minutes after submitting a request.

“Please use products purchased from the Company responsibly,” reads one of the forms. “While larger doses of psilocybin mushrooms are psychedelic and will certainly impair driving, microdoses should not affect your ability to drive or perform other tasks. »

The Shroom House reportedly has a menu of mushrooms to choose from, including Knobby Tops, Penis Envy, and Albino Golden Teacher, Willamette Week noted in its article. Seven grams of psychedelic mushrooms cost between $85 and $95.

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