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Farmers with magic mushrooms growing on their property could be arrested for possession of controlled drugs under legislation rushed through Parliament before the election.
There are 12 varieties of magic mushroom that grow wild in the autumn and they have a powerful hallucinogenic effect similar to LSD. The main type is called liberty cap (Psilocybe semilanceata).
The Drugs Act 2005 made the mushrooms a controlled drug and it is an offence to possess controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Formerly it was only an offence to possess the hallucinogenic ingredients of the mushrooms, psilocin and psilocybin.
Before Parliament was prorogued, Caroline Flint, the Home Office minister, confirmed that the law needed clarifying.
The Country Land and Business Association is calling for ministers to state that it will not be an offence to be aware of magic mushrooms growing on land and fail to destroy them.
Mark Hudson, the president, said: "It would be ridiculous to prosecute a farmer for possessing a class A drug because he found he had the wrong sort of mushrooms in his field. We will be calling on the new Government to clarify the situation."