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UK legality..
    #1738111 - 07/22/03 02:01 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Looks like someone wrote to the Home Office about it a few months back and scanned in the reply -

http://www.magic-mushrooms.net/scan-mushrooms-home-office-all.jpg

Bit of a bad scan but key points being,

- It is not illegal to grow and pick psilocybin mushrooms and eat them fresh.
- It is not illegal to sell or give away a growing kit as the mushrooms themselves are not controlled.
- It is not illegal to sell or give a way a freshly picked mushroom provided it has not been prepared in any way.
- In the light of earlier court cases, it would be for the courts to determine whether chilling mushrooms in a fridge constituted altering them in any way.


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Re: UK legality.. [Re: Sorted]
    #1738271 - 07/22/03 02:57 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

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HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS

Thank you for your letter of 12 February asking about the legal status of psilocybin mushrooms and truffles.

The psilocybe mushroom or "magic mushroom" is not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, but it contains psilocin, a hallucinogen, and psilocybin, an ester of psilocin, which are controlled as Class A drugs.

It is, of course, ultimately a matter for the courts to determine whether or not a substance is controlled under the Misuses of Drugs Act 1971 and whether any misuse of drugs offence has been committed, for example, the unlawful production, supply or possession of a controlled drug. I can therefore only give an opinion as to what the law permits.

There have been a number of court cases concerning the status of psilocybe mushrooms. The courts have held that a person is not in possession of a controlled drug solely by reason of his being in possession of a naturally occuring substance - the mushroom - containing the drug. The growing of psilocybe mushrooms and the gathering and possession of them do not contravene the Misuse of drugs Act 1971.

It is, however, an offence under the 1971 Act to possess a "preperation" or "product" of the controlled drugs psilocin or psilocybin. The courts have held that where the mushrooms have been prepared (e.g. by drying or by making into a powder) so that "they have ceased to be in their natural state and have been in some way altered by the hand of man" they constitute a "preperation" or "product" of the Class A controlled drug psilocin. The courts have also held in the case of R v Hodder that psilocybe mushrooms that had been frozen and packaged constituted a product containing the Class A controlled drug.

- it is not illegal to grow an pick psilocybe mushrooms and eat them fresh;

- it is not illegal to sell or give away a growing kit as the mushrooms themselves are not controlled;

- it is not illegal to sell or give away a freshly picked mushroom provided that it has not been prepared in any way;

- in the light of earlier courtcases, it would be for the courts to determine whether chilling mushrooms in a fridge constituted altering them in any way.

I hope this is helpful. you may wish to seek legal advice as to the interpretation by the Courts of the term 'prepared'


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Re: UK legality.. [Re: Jackal]
    #1738305 - 07/22/03 03:09 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

Great read,thanks you two :-)


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Re: UK legality.. [Re: Paid]
    #1739232 - 07/22/03 08:39 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

thats how uk based websites are able to sell fresh mushrooms and philosophers stone truffles legally. its the best thing england's done since...since....well, ever. i ordered some earlier this month and within 4 days i had 20 grams of cubies and 15 grams of philosphers stones at my door, ready to eat.


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Re: UK legality.. [Re: JhadAgainstReality]
    #1739298 - 07/22/03 08:56 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

are philosiphers stone truffles any good? what would you say is better, truffles or shrooms?


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Re: UK legality.. [Re: killa]
    #1740024 - 07/23/03 12:57 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

damnit when will the US catch on :[


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