The store on West Burnside had a line extending around the block since last week after people learned the business was selling psychedelic mushrooms to customers.
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) confirmed to KGW that officers served a warrant Thursday morning at Shroom House in downtown Portland. Arrests were made and evidence was seized, police said.
Police did not say who was arrested or what evidence was seized.
The store on West Burnside Street has had a line extending around the block since last week after people learned the store was selling psychedelic mushrooms to customers. Staff at the store were requiring identification and registration from customers but made no secret of the fact they were selling mushrooms containing psilocybin.
Even before the store started doing business, it was open about psilocybin sales. “Coming Soon” signs posted in August showed psilocybin about halfway down a list of mushrooms Shroom House advertised for sale.
Oregon voters approved two measures related to drug legalization in 2020: Measure 110, which decriminalized small amounts of narcotics, and Measure 109, which legalized the use of psilocybin in a regulated therapeutic, clinical setting.
Neither of those laws made the retail sale of psilocybin legal.
Last week, when asked for comment about Shroom House selling psychedelic mushrooms, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) referred the media to the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Oregon Psilocybin Services.
At the time, PPB Sergeant Kevin Allen said the narcotics and organized crime unit was aware of the allegations about Shroom House, but said he couldn’t “say more than the fact that they’re aware of it.”
Research suggests psilocybin, administered responsibly, may help address depression, anxiety, trauma and addiction.
Even though Oregon passed the law for legal administration of psilocybin in 2020, the clinics that are expected to do this kind of therapy have yet to open. The program has been gradually making its way through an extensive administrative and regulatory process before that happens.
Health leaders and stakeholders have until the end of the year to finalize these plans, which means the first clinics won’t open until next year at the very earliest. At the same time, a number of Oregon cities and counties have pushed for bans on psilocybin services — and many of those bans passed in November.
Under Measure 109, psilocybin could only be legally used by people 21 and older in a controlled facility under the supervision of a licensed professional, so people wouldn’t be able to purchase it and take it home.
This is a developing story and will be updated.