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Magic mushrooms for sale in city arcade Aug 7 2004
SHOPPERS are able to buy drugs over the counter in one of Wales? most prestigious shopping arcades.
Police are investigating after an Echo reporter bought magic mushrooms from Banana Planet, in Cardiff?s Castle Arcade.
Yet the manager of the business, which specialises in juices and smoothies, has claimed he is doing nothing wrong.
For the past few weeks the cafe has been trading in the hallucinogenic fungi, which it advertises in the front window.
Gareth Thomas, 28, of Canton, said: ?It?s quite popular and we get all types of people asking about them from those in their 50s and 60s to professionals, young people and backpackers.?
When dried, magic mushrooms are considered a Class A drug, putting them in the same bracket as heroin and cocaine.
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 people convicted of supplying them can face life imprisonment and an unlimited fine, while those guilty of possession may earn seven years in jail and a fine.
Although the shop sells the mushrooms raw the Home Office told the Echo Gareth may be breaking the law by packing them in sealed plastic bags, as they are then considered ?prepared?.
A spokesman said: ?Our view is that if fresh magic mushrooms are packaged as a product for sale than that is unlawful.?
Detective Inspector Andrew Davies of Cardiff Central CID added: ?The consumption of this kind of product can prove detrimental to your health and is something we would discourage.
?We are investigating the disclosures which have been made to us. If any offence is found to have been committed, South Wales Police will take the appropriate action.?
Former Cardiff Law student Gareth said: ?We have done the research and the Home Office have sent us letters that fresh mushrooms unprocessed are totally legal to grow, sell and give away as a side-product.
?As soon as it?s made illegal we will get away from it and not be involved. I think the law should be clear, concise and not open to interpretation.?
However in reply the Home Office spokesman said: ?We do not think there is any confusion - it?s a legal issue and we encourage the police to take action.?