Police will keep raiding Toronto magic mushroom dispensary if city doesn’t step up, says expert – CBC.ca

The city says it has no plans to use its powers to shut down Toronto’s only magic mushroom dispensary after a Toronto police raid earlier this month, leaving the shop still operating in a kind of grey area.

Shroomyz — a dispensary chain that first opened in Ottawa — became Toronto’s first mushroom dispensary after opening this September. While the sale of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is illegal under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, that hasn’t stopped the store from operating out of its Queen Street West location.

Toronto previously saw a situation like this pop up — though with more city interventions — when cannabis retailers rapidly expanded in the region before pot was legalized in 2018. Now, this shop is operating in a similar sort of way, filling a void advocates say is sorely needed, though one expert cautions this can come with risk for the public.

Paul Lewin, a lawyer who specializes in issues surrounding cannabis and psychedelics, said he wasn’t surprised Shroomyz had opened in the city, given the current limited access to psilocybin for people who need it for medicinal purposes. He told CBC News he also thought a crackdown on the dispensary would eventually happen.

“There’s a general

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