It's summer which means it's music festival season. We all know, whether we want to believe it or not, festivals contain a whole host of different recreational drugs on their grounds.

One drug that is rapidly gaining popularity, or having a major comeback, is magic mushrooms.

Navigating the legal status of magic mushrooms, particularly those containing psilocybin, can be a bit of a maze in Michigan. The rules vary significantly depending on where you are in the state, so it's important to know where you can and cannot partake.

Decriminalization in Specific Michigan Cities

In Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Hazel Park, possession and use of magic mushrooms have been decriminalized. This means that while these mushrooms are still illegal under both state and federal law, local law enforcement in these areas has shifted priorities. They're less likely to enforce penalties for possession, aiming to reduce criminalization of individuals using magic mushrooms for personal reasons.

Statewide Legal Status

Despite the decriminalization in certain cities, Michigan's statewide stance on magic mushrooms remains strict. According to Section 333.7212 of the Public Health Code, psilocybin is classified as a hazardous substance. This classification imposes severe restrictions on possession, sale, or manufacture of magic mushrooms throughout the entire state. Getting caught with shrooms could land you in prison for life.

Legal Status of Spores

Interestingly, while mushrooms containing psilocybin are illegal, the spores from which they grow are legal in Michigan. Spores themselves do not contain illegal substances, so it's legal to have and grow them. You just have to make sure that your spores don't grow into mushrooms containing psilocybin, as it can lead to legal consequences.

Understanding these distinctions is crucial for anyone navigating Michigan's laws regarding magic mushrooms. It's essential to stay informed about local regulations and be mindful of the legal risks associated with possession and use, even in cities where enforcement may be less strict.

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