Magic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin mushrooms, are illegal in most parts of the world. However, there are a few countries and US states where they are legal or tolerated under certain circumstances. Let’s take a look.
Countries Where Magic Mushrooms Are Legal or Tolerated
While the mushrooms themselves are technically illegal in Netherlands since 2008, “magic truffles” containing psilocybin are legal to purchase and consume in Amsterdam’s smart shops.
In Jamaica, magic mushrooms are not specifically mentioned in the country’s drug laws, and possession of small amounts of psilocybin mushrooms is generally tolerated.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, production and transport of magic mushrooms for personal use have been legalized since 2020, as well as their use for research and treatment.
Mexico has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of most drugs, including magic mushrooms, since 2009.
In Canada, magic mushrooms are legal only for medical purposes. In 2020, the Canadian government granted exemptions to some patients with end-of-life anxiety to use psilocybin-assisted therapy.
States in the USA
In 2020, Oregon legalized the use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes. People over the age of 21 are allowed to take magic mushrooms in a licensed center, under supervision by trained facilitators.
In November 2022, Colorado voters passed an initiative legalizing regulated access to psilocybin. The law allows for state-regulated centers to offer psilocybin use under licensed facilitator supervision, as well as the personal private use, growth, and sharing of psilocybin and psilocin by adults over 21. However, the law prohibits retail sales and use in public, in school, or while operating a vehicle. it is legal to purchase magic mushroom spores for research purposes only from reputable and legitimate labs like Mush Love Genetics.
Texas funded a psychedelic medicine trial to test the use of psilocybin in treating PTSD among war veterans, making it the first US state to do so. However, the state did not decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms.