In May 2019, Denver, Colorado, was the very first city in the United States to pass a law that decriminalized magic mushrooms, but that move was just the first step in a long, long way to complete legalization that still has to be covered. Here are some things to know about the legal status of magic mushrooms:
- Still a controlled substance – according to federal law, the active compound in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, is still on the list of controlled substances, which means that whatever contains the compound is prohibited as well. However, you can buy psilocybe spores for microscopy purposes only through eCommerce sites like Shaman Mushroom Spores.
- What decriminalization means – the legal status of magic mushrooms might not be different at the level of federal law, but the law adopted in Denver stopped the active criminal prosecution for the possession of magic mushrooms. However, the substance has not been legalized in Colorado yet, which means that it is forbidden to buy and sell it.
- Next steps – other states, such as Oregon, have already legalized magic mushrooms, which means that selling the mushrooms in specialized dispensaries is allowed under very strict, controlled circumstances. The tendency is felt in Colorado as well, with the movement that achieved decriminalization working to achieve legalization in the Centennial State as well.