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InvisibleGGreatOne234
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News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up
    #357138 - 07/19/01 05:25 AM (15 years, 4 months ago)

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Psychedelic mushrooms a Treasure Coast attraction
July 09, 2001

News staff report








That "bad trip" from eating hallucinogenic mushrooms found in Treasure Coast pastures might lead to the county jail.

It could even end in the morgue, especially if a poisonous variety is ingested by mistake.

Violators caught picking psychedelic mushrooms on private property no longer will be given warnings, as was done in previous years, said Indian River County Sheriff Roy Raymond. At the minimum, offenders will be charged with trespassing, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

Recently, one youth was arrested and charged with trespassing and two juveniles were released to the custody of their parents after they were caught in a pasture across from Sebastian River High School, near County Roads 510 and 512. The youths had three bags filled with mushrooms, said Deputy Neil Bevis.

If lab tests confirm the presence of psilocybin, an offender can be charged with a third-degree felony, said Lawrence Mirman of the state attorney?s office. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic chemical that is found naturally in some forms of fungus. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

But prosecutors must prove a suspect knew the mushrooms were hallucinogenic.

Some local arrests have involved people from as far away as Tennessee and Alabama a fact that might not be so surprising considering the publicity the Treasure Coast has received for its mushrooms.

A Web site listing locations of pastures where hallucinogenic mushrooms grow, in every county in Florida, refers to the pasture across from Sebastian River High School as a "field of dreams," Bevis said.

Deputies and Raymond spent a recent weekend rounding up youths who were hopping over fences or cutting them to obtain access to pastures where the mushrooms grow. About a dozen were caught one recent Saturday afternoon, picking mushrooms in the same pasture where an arrest occurred three days earlier.

John Bradley leases 480 acres where a recent arrest occurred. He has started patrolling his pastures every day where his 110 head of cattle graze.

"There can be as many as 15 to 20 people out there at any one time," Bradley said. "They keep my cows running from pasture to pasture, and, at night, they spook the cows and they run through fences."

Martin County has had its share of mushroom seekers traveling from far and wide to cow pastures in Indiantown. Sheriff?s deputies estimate 50 to 100 people are arrested each year during the rainy season on trespass violations related to mushroom picking.

Although the most recent mushroom-picker arrest involved a local man, not just local people know about pastures west of Interstate 95 and Florida?s Turnpike. Fields in Indiantown and St. Lucie County are included on the North Florida Shroom Guide on the Internet.

"The problem is, a lot of these kids come up here and they don?t know what they?re picking," said Martin County sheriff?s Lt. Ken Ault. "There?s a lot of poisonous stuff up here."

Cows on area ranches have become a useful police tool in capturing would-be mushroom hunters. Ault was assisted by a cow about a month ago, when he arrested a 20-year-old Martin County man in an Indiantown cow pasture.

"Anytime (there?s) a stranger or an animal that they?re concerned about, there?s always a spotter cow. She was standing out there like a pointer dog looking right at this guy lying down."

St. Lucie County officials say their biggest problem relating to the mushroom hunters is trespassing.

"It occurs every year, usually in small numbers," sheriff?s office spokesman Mark Weinberg said.

What attracts people to these mushrooms is the "high" that has been compared with a mild LSD trip. The chemical, psilocybin, produces a feeling of euphoria and can involve hallucinations, said James Kimbrough, a mycologist with the University of Florida at Gainesville. He?s studied mushrooms for 37 years.

Mushrooms can be eaten or dried and smoked. Or, they can be brewed into a type of tea. But some species of mushrooms are deadly when eaten.

There are about 320 groups of mushrooms with multiple species of mushrooms in each group. Mushrooms begin to flourish this time of year because of the rains.

More than a dozen species of mushrooms are toxic if eaten. Those toxic species can be found in pastures, along with the hallucinogenic varieties, especially near the pasture edge and at the base of trees.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are found in pastures on manure piles, predominantly cow manure piles, Kimbrough said. "We all know how cows like to stand under trees," he said.

The toxins reportedly produce a breakdown of red blood cells in the liver and kidneys. Early symptoms might be mild, and include nausea and sweating. But a few days later, Kimbrough said, jaundice would develop and the person, ultimately, would require a liver transplant.

As with LSD, long-term use of hallucinogenic mushrooms can produce personality changes and can induce "flashbacks" from earlier hallucinations.

"I think the greatest danger is misidentification," Kimbrough said.


Gabriel Margasak and Sarah Myrick, of the News staff, and Debbie Robinson, of the Vero Beach Press Journal, contributed to this report.




July 09, 2001





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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #357168 - 07/19/01 08:07 AM (15 years, 4 months ago)

bah! propaganda for the weak of character. where were the picker interveiws? can you say slanted? more than a dozen toxic speceis?? ill say theres more.still tho, good post GG its good to know about.
too bad its so hard to pick in the south because of cops, nobody here cares, except for this one dink farmer who has no tresspassing sighns up because he is hording toxic waste... told me he would press charges, ill show him, ill send a letter to town hall and tell them to test his soil for hevey metals and indistrial waste. :P then we will see who is charged. one of the great things about being a mushroomer is you get up close and personal with whatever a farmer is doing on his land. :) i actually keep track of cattle rotation and composting so i can always be there when the best flushes happen in the best spots. that way i dont even have to worry abot encountering people, just a quick trip in, picka picka picka. bada boom badda bing! im gone like a train!


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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #357204 - 07/19/01 10:03 AM (15 years, 4 months ago)

Hi GGreatOne234,

Can you give me the URL for that story. I will then post it in my News section of the Grape Vine at my web-site.

Mj

P.s., I awaited your call. Got your message that you called once and then nothing aftert that. Took Monday off from a trip so I could possiubly meet with you and then you didn't try to call again>

Mj

Please give me the URL for that story.

Have a shroomy day and may all of your days be shroomy.



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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #357287 - 07/19/01 01:42 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

This sucks for you I'm sure. But, what's with the jaundice and liver toxication? We know better.
Also, "Ault was assisted by a cow about a month ago."
What kind of Deputy Sheriff is ASSISTED by a COW?
Fucking Morons, I'd say!
I do agree with Mitch on the the fact that they got absolutely NO info from any persons who knew anything about Psilocybin intoxication. Possibly, the persons arrested were morons as well!
I don't know, but sorry, considering the lenience in the Florida law to date. Stay cool, Spacey!-Levi7.



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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: Mitchnast]
    #357327 - 07/19/01 05:45 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

Strange tale isn't it..

I found the artlcle linked inside of the North Florida Shroom Guide.



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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #357329 - 07/19/01 05:56 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

In Fort Langley BC, the farmers let anybody pick on there fields..for $20. One year there was a story in the paper about farmers making thousands of dollars a week.

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    #357359 - 07/19/01 08:11 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

heh, thats only legal if they seel them something deemed an agricultural product. otherwise they are out of zone.
case in point.
we have a local golf course zoned as an agricultural zone. to legally be a golf course it must be zoned comercial. so a greenfee is a small bag of rye grass seed for $15. as a bonus, you get to walk back to your car through the course, golf is permitted.
it backfired tho. people started dumping hteir rye grass seeds on the greens. thats the wrong type, greens got choppy for a while. For a year membership you simply buy a pork half for $300 and you can wander the land and play golf whenever.

i think theyve actually had the zoning changed recently so its all legit. the BC farmers could simply sell a handfull of cow shit for $20 and then if the pickers chucked it it would help manure the soil for next years liberty-cap flush :) the only people willfully breaking the law are the pickers, which they would do anyway.

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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: Mitchnast]
    #357624 - 07/19/01 08:55 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

why dont we just put all of our money together and buy a farm and a bunch of cows in florida..

If there were no rewards to reap,
No loving embrace to see me through
This tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now.
Gonna wait it out.




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like one would hope but never really expect
to see in a place like this.
Cutting right angle donuts on a dime
and stopping right at my Birkenstocks,
and me yelping...Holy fucking shit!


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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: Mitchnast]
    #357859 - 07/20/01 05:03 AM (15 years, 4 months ago)

The state of Florida is real big on No Trespassing and Private Land..



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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: mjshroomer]
    #362621 - 07/28/01 07:47 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

Heres the URL man...

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/psl/0709psl3.shtml

That story is a sSSson-of-aBitch.



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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: My Third Eye]
    #362624 - 07/28/01 07:53 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

hey My Third Eye,

I was just thinking about that today...wondering..about opening up a Shroom Picking Theme Park Attraction outside of Orlando, called "GG's Shroom Planet"-or something.. The Hippies would luv-it!~

:)





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Re: News Clipping--Treasure Coast Mushrooms Sturn-up [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #362640 - 07/28/01 08:32 PM (15 years, 4 months ago)

Is this guy for real!!!!! Cows running through fences to avoid shroomers. That's a joke. Cows usually approach you in fields, thinking you are bringing them food. What an asshole. If anything they are running because they think it is slaughter time. Why the police shoul ever concern themselves with people picking shrooms is beyond me, but I guess if the stupid farmer calls, it is gonna happen.
Of course you do get the occasional drunkin fucks dumping beer bottles as they pick, but that usually doesn't happen.
Can you imagine how boring your life must be if you have time to patrol your lands for people picking shrooms. What losers. Reminds me of the lunatics out west gaurding their lands from mexicans trying to get across the border. Duhh, you bought land directly adjacent to the border of an extremely poor country, what do you think is gonna happen.
Somebody please stop the INSANITY. It is never ending. Never imagined Florida would become an ecotourist location for mushroom hunting? I think someone had the right idea, lets build a fund, non profit, to buy land for the people, and of the people, where you won't be judged by the plants and fungus you choose to consume. Buy 100 acres or so in the south west of florida, put the cows on it, and dump the spores. Have a nice easy access spot, so you don't have to jump the fence, a parking area, picnic tables, etc... There would be absolutely nothing illegal about it. You just wouldn't leave the property with the shrooms. God knows if you did, you would have 101 government agents at the door of what used to be YOUR car! hehehehehehehehehehe



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