Toronto based criminal lawyer Alex Karapancev has dealt with similar cases, and he likens what’s going on with magic mushroom dispensaries to what transpired with marijuana dispensaries before legalization.
He said until legislation is changed, this scenario of illegal openings followed by police busts will keep repeating itself.
“Many may say the writing’s on the wall. We saw what happened with marijuana, leading up to its decriminalization. Throughout the western world, we’re seeing more research being done on psilocybin. There’s more public advocacy for its decriminalization. So we may see a shift in our laws as it relates to the substance,” said Karapancev.
CTV News has learned that three people associated with an illegal magic mushroom dispensary in London, Ont. were charged with drug related offences more than a month ago.
London Police Const. Sandasha Bough told CTV News that on June 6, the London Police Service (LPS) Guns and Gangs section executed a search warrant at a business in the 200 block of Richmond Street.