The Magic Mushroom Dispensary

magic mushroom dispensary

When members gather in this impromptu church, they sit on wooden chairs around a small stage where red-capped mushroom figurines offer some cohesion. A room adjacent to the sermon area doubles as a dispensary, with black tubs of mushrooms and cannabis filling one.Source

Dana Larsen, 52, has been selling mushrooms in this Vancouver storefront since 2020, and opened two more locations last year based on demand. His shop’s psychedelic decor — paintings of Incan gods spewing fire and lightning, shelves filled with hemp lip balms and stoner-centric comic books — and its prices — $10 for a gram, $200 for an ounce — give it the feel of an early 1990s marijuana dispensary that defied police raids to operate openly.

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The loosened laws have enabled a gray market to emerge, even in places where psilocybin remains illegal. Several US states have legalized the mushrooms for medical use, and a ballot initiative in Oregon this fall could make them available to licensed users under therapeutic conditions.

Larsen’s customers come from across the country and around the world, many seeking spiritual guidance. Others are simply curious about a substance that’s regarded by many as one of the safest and most effective mind-altering drugs. Unlike heroin, cocaine and meth, it’s not physically addictive, and its psychoactive effects tend to fade within hours.

But Larsen is wary of the legal implications of his experiment, and he’s aware that the law enforcement reaction could be harsh. Earlier this month, police raided three of his stores, seizing dozens of bags of mushrooms and other illegal drugs.