A photo of a lighthouse in the maritimes

Maritimes

Are Magic Mushrooms Legal in the Maritime Provinces?

The short answer is “No”

What makes them illegal?

The illegality of magic mushrooms in Canada, including the Maritimes region, stems from their classification as a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This classification is primarily based on concerns over potential misuse, recreational use, and associated health risks. Historically, psychedelics like psilocybin were made illegal due to their association with the counterculture movements of the 1960s and concerns about the unpredictability of their effects.

In recent years, there has been a shift in the perception of psilocybin’s therapeutic potential, leading to some changes in the legal landscape. Health Canada has begun to grant exemptions for medical and therapeutic use, particularly in cases of terminal illness and mental health treatment, reflecting evolving research highlighting the benefits of controlled psilocybin-assisted therapy. However, the broader legalization or decriminalization of magic mushrooms in the Maritimes is still under discussion, and regulations may continue to evolve.

 Penalties for Possession or Sale of Magic Mushrooms in Canada

For simple possession of psilocybin, individuals could face charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Penalties may vary depending on the amount in possession, but it often includes fines of up to $1000 and potential imprisonment of up to 6 months. These are for “first-time incident” and can increase in severity for those who are repeat offenders. Please remember that the laws behind the possession of Magic Mushrooms are “not-enforced” but use this knowledge to keep yourself safe!

Selling or trafficking magic mushrooms is a more serious offense. Penalties for the sale of psilocybin can include significant fines and imprisonment, with the severity of the penalties depending on factors such as the quantity sold and whether the accused has a history of drug-related offenses. If used for the purpose of exporting and/or trafficking, the accused could face up to 10 years of imprisonment.