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Are Magic Mushrooms Legal in Saskatchewan?

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The short answer is “No”

Magic mushrooms are illegal for personal use in Saskatchewan. There are sparse examples of medical usage, but it is still a heavily restricted substance even in the therapeutic world. Saskatchewan has said to be taking a “very cautious” stance in experimenting with medical prescription of magic mushrooms.

History of Legalization in SA:

Magic mushrooms, specifically psilocybin-containing species, have been considered illegal in Saskatchewan for several decades. They were classified as controlled substances under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which regulates the possession, sale, and distribution of various drugs, including hallucinogens like psilocybin. The history behind the legalization of magic mushrooms is relatively scarce, as it has remained strictly illegal until small instances of medical usage during and after February 2020.

Current Legal Status:

Similar to Alberta, Magic Mushrooms are legal for usage in Saskatchewan under strict medical clearance. Although Saskatchewan has said to be taking a more cautious approach and hoping to wait for more research to be done before furthering the medical usage within the province.

Magic Mushrooms still remains illegal for unregulated possession, consumption and distribution within Saskatchewan.

 Therapeutic and Medical Usage: 

In early 2020, a Saskatchewan man was the first in Canada to legally use Magic Mushrooms for therapeutics. Thomas Hartle, who was 52 years old at the time, is a cancer patient who has been fighting since 2016. This act was not only an important achievement for medical psilocybin usage in Saskatchewan, but has helped pave the way for all of Canada to shift towards the acceptance and medical use of magic mushrooms. Since, magic mushrooms have been prescribed for the treatment of depression, psychotherapy and more.

Setbacks: After 1 year of medical usage, Thomas Hartle needed to reapply for his magic mushroom prescription. He was forced to wait on a decision for 18 months, and after waiting patiently for his quoted “life-changing” therapy, Health Canada decided to rescind his permission and revoke his access to magic mushrooms for the remainder of his life.

The usage and prescription of Magic Mushrooms in Saskatchewan is still relatively ‘mysterious’ and even health professionals don’t have an understanding of when and if they can be prescribed.

Penalties for Possession or Sale of Magic Mushrooms in SA:

For 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.