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A Legal Play for ‘Shrooms in Canada Could Make Waves in the US

A container of Psilocybe mushrooms sits alongside the same substance in pill form at a lab in Nanaimo, Canada. 

A container of Psilocybe mushrooms sits alongside the same substance in pill form at a lab in Nanaimo, Canada. 

Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg

Welcome to The Dose, a weekly newsletter on cannabis and psychedelics. It’s clear from many pitches in my inbox that the psychedelics industry is optimistic the new Netflix series,  ‘How To Change Your Mind,’ will spur more interest in the still-illegal drugs. But what are the actual prospects for a legal market to buy and sell them? Here’s a look at a lawsuit that some say has a shot at real change. 

A Canadian lawsuit over magic mushrooms could help spur the wave of liberalization the nascent industry has been pushing for. So just who is behind it, and what are its prospects?