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Mushroom law threat to innocent farmers [UK]
    #4112699 - 04/29/05 11:36 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Mushroom law threat to innocent farmers
April 30, 2005
telegraph.co.uk

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."


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Magic Mushroom Get-Out Clause for Unsuspecting Farmers [UK] [Re: veggie]
    #4331010 - 06/24/05 02:12 AM (13 years, 27 days ago)

Magic Mushroom Get-Out Clause for Unsuspecting Farmers
June 23, 2005 - scotsman.com

A get-out clause to protect landowners who have magic mushrooms growing naturally on their land was unveiled today, three weeks before the hallucinogenic fungi become illegal.

Freshly-picked magic mushrooms will be regarded as a Class A drug from July 18 under new laws passed earlier this year.

But Home Office minister Paul Goggins today announced people would not be guilty of an offence if the mushrooms were growing 'naturally and uncultivated on their premises'.

There had been concern that farmers and even householders whose gardens featured hidden outcrops of hallucinogenic mushrooms could find themselves under arrest for possession of controlled drugs.

The Drugs Act 2005 brings the law on fresh mushrooms into line with dried specimens.

Mr Goggins said in a written statement to MPs: 'In the last two years there has been a sudden increase in the amount of magic mushrooms imported into the UK.'

Customs estimated between 8,000 and 16,000 kilos arrived in the country, he added.

The minister said there was evidence magic mushrooms could cause 'real harm', particularly to those with mental health problems.

The New Musical Express magazine declared 2004's Glastonbury festival a "shroomadelic, sex crazed orgy", partly due to renewed interest in magic mushrooms.

Due to the timing of the Home Office's legislation, magic mushrooms will still be legal at this weekend's Glastonbury festival.


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