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Magic Mushroom Dispensary

The gray exterior of Dana Larsen’s storefront in downtown Vancouver belies the mosaic of psychedelia inside, with paintings of Incan gods spewing fire and lightning and shelves packed with hemp lip balm and stoner-centric comic books. He’s been selling magic mushroom dispensary, aka Psilocybe muscaria or psilocin, since 2020, and recently opened two more locations to keep up with demand.

Exploring New Horizons: Inside the World of Magic Mushroom Dispensaries

Despite the fact that hallucinogens are still illegal in Canada, the storefronts and online shops that sell them operate in a legal grey area that’s seen more than a few law enforcement raids in recent years. While the Liberal government has been criticized for slowing down efforts to decriminalize drugs, subtle policy shifts have given mushroom enthusiasts reason to hope.

Lyman’s co-op, dubbed MusciMind Amanita, is one of several such businesses to open in Canada, where federal authorities have turned a blind eye to their operations for the time being. He says he hopes to expand his operation soon, possibly by opening a kitchen for mushroom growers and edibles makers who want to partner with him.

But he’s also prepared for a crackdown, particularly in his home state of Oregon. “If the popularity of these products grows to a point that makes it easier for them to be distributed, there will be pressure on the government to put some sort of regulatory structure in place,” he says.

He admits he’s also worried about how the stores will be perceived by his parents, who live in Portland and have long been wary of their son getting involved with anything remotely illegal. But he believes the shops will be beneficial in helping to normalize the drug and make it less stigmatized, just as cannabis was when it first came out of the shadows.

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