Magic Mushroom Store Opens Up in Windsor Amid Push for Legalization
"A magic mushroom store has opened up on Ouellette Avenue in Windsor, Ont., by a company that says it's setting up psilocybin shops as part of a fight for legalization. ‘We're just providing access to psilocybin in a safe manner, in a clean manner. At the end of the day, if people want to buy magic mushrooms, they will go and find it off the street,’ said the co-owner of Fun Guyz, Edgars Gorbans. Though the production, sale and possession of magic mushrooms are illegal in Canada and police have arrested store operators, similar shops are popping up elsewhere in Ontario and across the country. FunGuyz opened its 11th location on Thursday at 395 Ouellette Avenue, and it's been going ‘great,’ according to Gorbans. Gorbans said most of the people coming into the store are those looking to microdose — taking small amounts of a drug at a time — and treat things like anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, though no psilocybin products are currently approved for medical use. Gorbans said customer testimonies have been positive. Health Canada says despite trials having shown ‘promising’ results, there are no approved therapeutic products that include psilocybin. For those who don't approve of the storefront, Gorbans asks they take some time to research. ‘We're not out here selling to kids, you know, we're not bothering anyone, we open up doors open to the public. That's all,’ he said."