PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – The secret is out about a store in Portland that sells psychedelic mushrooms.
Shroom House on West Burnside is listed as an herbal shop online, but people in line said they knew they could get psilocybin inside. Dozens of people waited for hours in a line that wrapped around the building to get their hands on mushrooms.
“Like an hour,” said Cassie Cadence, who was waiting in line. “But it’s worth it to me because I feel like I’m part of history now, which I think is really cool. Because I was an advocate for mushrooms, psychedelics and that kind of freedom.”
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Those who waited said they learned about Shroom House after seeing the news that they were selling psilocybin.
“A friend of mine sent me an article,” Randi King said. “The article posted. I told my wife, and she was like, ‘What are we waiting for? Let’s go get some.’”
Customers said to buy mushrooms there, they should come prepared with proper documentation and reasoning. For some, this reason is to help manage their mental health.
“I heard you need two forms of identification and that you need some kind of reason to want to use them,” Cadence said. “Like therapeutic purposes.”
King also wanted to take advantage of the health benefits.
“Mushrooms act in the same way as anti-anxiety,” King said. “I experienced less anxiety, more centeredness.”
Despite the excitement of everyone in line, selling mushrooms recreationally is not legal in Oregon. Measure 109 was passed in November 2020, legalizing psilocybin in a licensed medical setting. The Oregon Health Authority has not yet issued any licenses and will not until early January.
The Healing Advocacy Fund, which supports Measure 109, said psilocybin should be used with the supervision of a trained facilitator. Executive Director Sam Chapman sent FOX 12 a statement about Shroom House:
The Oregon Health Authority said anyone operating without a license is subject to criminal penalties, but that is left up to local police agencies.
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