Although magic mushrooms are illegal to own or use just about everywhere in the United States, the same can’t be said for psilocybe cubensis magic mushroom spores. The spores and the mushroom spore syringes containing them are actually legal to buy and own in most places, and authorized scientists are often allowed to use them for experimentation and scientific study.
Unlike psilocybin mushrooms, mushroom spores can generally be transported and owned without running into legal problems. That’s because they contain no actual psilocybin, so there are no grounds for punishment as long as you don’t use them to grow actual mushrooms in areas where the possession and use of psilocybe cubensis mushrooms is prohibited.
It’s important to note, however, that there are exceptions to this rule. In California, Idaho and Georgia, you can’t own mushroom spores just as you can’t own magic mushrooms. The penalty for breaking the law can be steep, and although California allows authorized researchers to use psilocybin magic mushroom spores, in Georgia and Idaho the ban applies to everyone.
In all other states, the purchase and ownership of magic mushroom spores is allowed, but only for educational and research purposes. Their use for recreation is only allowed in a few specific places, such as Denver, CO – where the possession and use of psilocybin has recently been decriminalized.