Drug sales in Portland, Oregon are getting dizzy.
The country’s first over-the-counter magic mushroom store has opened in the liberal city — with a semi-legal establishment showcasing the state’s pioneering psilocybin therapy legislation.
The Shroom House on West Burnside Street sells psychedelic mushrooms with catchy names like “Knobby Tops” and “Penis Envy” for between $70 and $95 per 7-gram bag, according to Willamette Week.
People over 21 can score “mushrooms” — considered a Schedule 1 substance nationwide — by showing two forms of identification and filling out an application that asks about depression, anxiety and other conditions, the newspaper reported.
Before purchasing the hallucinogenic treats, customers must fill out paperwork to become a member of the Shroom House Society. The motion states that the company’s board of directors “will review your application, at which point it will be rejected or accepted.”
But a reporter for the weekly alt was able to order mushrooms about five minutes after filing the paperwork.
Oregon passed legislation in 2020 allowing “intermediaries” to give patients psilocybin — the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms — as a mental health treatment and guide them through visits to licensed centers.
The law prohibits the drug from being sold in retail stores and states that it must be taken on-site at state-approved centers under the direction of an employee trained in a program approved by the Oregon Health Authority.
The Shroom House doesn’t seem to be following those rules and could just bet the city’s overworked police department doesn’t care or know the difference.
“The retail sale of psilocybin is not legal under Oregon law,” said Sam Chapman, executive director of the Healing Advocacy Fund, which lobbied for Measure 109, which legalized magic mushrooms in Oregon.
“Nothing in Rule 109 or any other statute permits the sale of psilocybin mushrooms now or in the future,” he told the newspaper.
The store also sells non-psychedelic products like teas and “elixirs,” made from a vitamin-rich mushroom with purported brain benefits.
On Friday, the shop had 90 Google reviews with an average of 4.9 stars.
“The best place in Portland for all your mushroom needs!” gushed one reviewer.
No one at the store answered the phone when the Post tried to call on Friday.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/02/countrys-1st-magic-mushroom-shop-opens-in-portland-but-isnt-legal/ Magic Mushroom Shop The Shroom House opens in Portland, Oregon