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Invisiblemjshroomer
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Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6
    #649706 - 05/28/02 03:14 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)


From the Seattle Post Intelligencer, may 27, 2002

TOKYO - Enthusiasts admit it's not the taste that keeps them gobbling
the
shriveled, brown mushrooms. They're so bitter that many can only choke
them
down with orange juice or yogurt.
The allure is the hallucinogen within, so potent that the fungi are
outlawed in most countries with the likes of cocaine and heroin.
"It doesn't taste good, but I like to get high," 19-year-old student
Wataru
Kanbe said after eating a handful of "magic mushrooms" at a recent
open-air
concert. Best of all, he added with a glassy-eyed stare, doing so is
completely legal.
Not much longer.
Alarmed by the soaring popularity of hallucinogenic mushrooms and
their
sometimes toxic side effects, Japan's Health Ministry is finally
plugging
the legal loophole that has allowed them to be sold openly and lawfully
by
trendy shops, street vendors and mail-order companies advertising in
magazines.
The crackdown - which takes effect June 6 - will slap a maximum
seven-year
prison term on magic mushroom possession, putting it on par with the
penalty
for cocaine possession.
While the appeal of the mushrooms reflects changing Japanese attitudes
toward drugs, it also highlights the government's increasingly
desperate
battle against them.
Japan has carefully nurtured its hard-line reputation, from leveling
life
sentences on heroin traffickers to arresting former Beatle Paul
McCartney in
1980 when he stepped off the plane in Tokyo with a bag of marijuana.
But a 1990 overhaul of the drug law overlooked one point. It banned
the
psychoactive drugs psilocybin and psilocin, but not the mushrooms that
naturally produce them.
It didn't take long for entrepreneurs to start hawking the psychedelic
fungi to curious teens and rebellious hipsters in search of a "legal
high."
So-called head shops mushroomed overnight in trendy Tokyo
entertainment
districts, selling packs for 1,800 to 3,000 yen ($13 to $23) a pop.
They're
all laid out in fancy glass display cases.
Most are imported from the Netherlands, where they are grown on farms.
But
even hand-picked, wild "liberty cap" toadstools from Scotland turn up
for
$20 a gram.
"You can find them anywhere," said Hideo Eno at the Health Ministry's
narcotics division.
The ministry said there were at least 11 species of magic mushrooms -
technically classified as poisonous plants and not drugs - being sold
in
Japan. As long as they were not labeled as food, that was permitted.
Takahito Watanabe, manager of PsychoPompos, a closet-sized head shop
brazenly advertising itself with a marijuana-leaf signboard, said his
desiccated mushrooms were for display purposes only. "Or use as good
luck
charms," he said.
The Health Ministry has no statistics on the size of the magic
mushroom
market or how many Japanese use them. But their popularity is hinted at
by
sales at a chain of three stores owned by mushroom magnate Muneo
Ogishi. He
claims more than 3,000 people stock up every month, mostly people in
their
20s.
The increase in use is also underlined by the increase in the number
of
people hospitalized for overdosing, from one person in 1997 to 38 in
2000 -
not huge numbers but enough to demand action, Eno said.
"Young people are curious. They say it's fun and safe. But really it
contains a dangerous narcotic," he said.
Users say the effect of magic mushrooms is like being sealed in a
cocoon of
euphoria where street lights look like prisms and neon blurs into
rainbows.
But the mushrooms can also trigger nausea and sudden fits of paranoia
or
panic.
Mushrooms are not considered addictive, but government officials view
them
as a gateway to experimentation with other drugs.
Narcotics use in Japan peaked during the economic boom of the 1980s,
but
has been on the rise again. Except for a dip in 1998, arrests for drug
offenses rose consistently from 1995 to 2000. Last year, police took in
a
record haul of recreational drugs, seizing 1,753 pounds of marijuana
and
confiscating 118,000 tablets of Ecstasy, a 40 percent increase from the
year
before.
The changing mores were underlined in a recent government poll that
said
nearly 20 percent of high school students nationwide think it should be
legal for them to use drugs if they wish.
"Drug abuse is on the rise and legalized magic mushrooms aren't
helping,"
said Chikashi Okutsu, director of Asia Pacific Addiction Institute, a
Tokyo
drug abuse treatment center.
He said mushrooms are particularly dangerous for inexperienced users
"who
don't know what they're doing."

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Larry Johnson
Foreign Desk Editor
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
101 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119-4220
Phone: 206-448-8035
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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6 [Re: mjshroomer]
    #650294 - 05/28/02 11:21 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

damn. its a real shame that people dont know what psychedelic feels like.


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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6 [Re: recalcitrant]
    #650526 - 05/29/02 05:01 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

>government officials view them as a gateway to experimentation with other drugs.

LOL !!! I like the irony. Depending of the countries, people have the same excuse for alcohol, weed, or cigarettes...
It's about time to start thinking on drugs in our societies.


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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6 [Re: recalcitrant]
    #650530 - 05/29/02 05:04 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

>damn. its a real shame that people dont know what psychedelic feels like.

I always appreciate journalists who describe the effects of psychedelics. It's often very funny


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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6 [Re: mjshroomer]
    #650589 - 05/29/02 06:28 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

well, the last 5 years living here have been uuuh magic!
nothing lasts forever.
one final trip downtown for me on june 5, hopefully all the shops are having massive 'clearance sales'.
mjshroomer - a book i have on japanese mushrooms notes p.argentipes is popping up in june.....could you recommend some areas to search? thanks


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    #650970 - 05/29/02 11:33 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Id be stocken up if i was in japan.


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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6 [Re: mr crisper]
    #651067 - 05/29/02 12:20 PM (15 years, 5 months ago)

Hi, I do have loctions but right now the files are burried in a shitload stackj of files some where in once of my filing cabinets. I do not have time right now but i plan on building a japanese musrhoom site in English and Japanese with a freiend o let all in Japan know there are about 18 speices in the area.

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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June [Re: tomldp]
    #658780 - 06/02/02 11:08 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

>I always appreciate journalists who describe the effects of psychedelics. It's often very funny

It's not funny, it's fucking tragic.

News articles like these are where 9X.X% of this country's population gets their reality.
(The Japanese are 'closing a loophole' and taking a 'dangerous drug' out of the hands of these 'glassy-eyed youths,' and all is well and good. Psychedelic drugs are an evil nuisance but luckily the fight to eradicate them is being won, by the forces of law and order.)
Don't laugh! This is a war going on here, an propaganda war carried out against its own citizens, and we will laugh our way straight to the gulag- as the obedient masses happily give up their freedoms one by one for a chance to sign their names to our death warrants and spit on us as they cart us to the gallows.


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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June [Re: Xibalba]
    #660263 - 06/03/02 09:47 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

If it wasn't for 'trendy shops, street vendors and mail-order companies' selling them, then they may well have stayed legal. The same thing has happened in a couple of European countries, where mushrooms were legal untill recently when head shops descided to start selling them. Even in Holland the 'smart shop' conscious dreams were prosecuted with the result that fresh and dried mushrooms were made illegal (by Judicial precedent). Is selling psychedelic drugs really such a great thing? there are plenty of herbal/legal highs sold by head shops etc. but most of them don't work, or have very little affect. The problem governments have with psilocybe is that they do get you high. It seems that it's okay to sell 'herbal highs' as long as your ripping people off with low quality crap, as soon as you sell something that is actually hallucinogenic then it's time for the state to intervene. Anywayz, as long as it stays legal to grow shrooms in the U.K. then everyone's happy!




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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June [Re: why]
    #661678 - 06/04/02 03:06 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

It's legal to grow shrooms in the UK??



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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June 6 [Re: mjshroomer]
    #661710 - 06/04/02 04:12 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

I may be stupid but are mushrooms even a narcotic?

A quick look at dictionary.com and....

lol ok dictionary.com is giving me an error... a 420 error i think its trying to tell me something:p but i checked it a few minutes ago and it describes as something like this

1:A addictive drug, ussualy a opiate that ussualy causes stupor and sleepines
2:a soothing agent "The narcotic bridge of WHATEVER was a sight for sore eyes"

again this is from my memory but it should be close.... damn dictionary.com lol

where do mushrooms fit into that tho?

Ok after visiting webster.com i came up with this

1 a : a drug (as opium) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions b : a drug (as marijuana or LSD) subject to restriction similar to that of addictive narcotics whether physiologically addictive and narcotic or not
2 : something that soothes, relieves, or lulls


Soooo apparently the igrnorant police slang that called every drug a narcotic has gotten the actual english language changed lol

The reason im posting this was because i was watching a episode of cops [funny enough with a currently convicted family member that cant stay out of jail lol :] and some cop busted some bad old pot smoker!!! Anyway he was talking to the camera and was like "marijuana is commonly called a narcotic infact all drugs are but thats wrong" This was back in the mid 90's drug info seems to stick with me.. i dont know why Ya they ended up hauling that dirty pot smoker to jail thank god!! he mighta done something horrible like laugh and have a kid time...we wouldnt that now would we!

o dope dictionary.com is workign heres what they have to say


nar?cot?ic Pronunciation Key (n?r-ktk)
n.
An addictive drug, such as opium, that reduces pain, alters mood and behavior, and usually induces sleep or stupor. Natural and synthetic narcotics are used in medicine to control pain.
A soothing, numbing agent or thing: “There was the blessed narcotic of bridge, at the Colony or at the home of friends” (Louis Auchincloss).

adj.
Inducing sleep or stupor; causing narcosis.
Of or relating to narcotics, their effects, or their use.
Of, relating to, or intended for one addicted to a narcotic.



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Re: Japan's Up and Coming Magic Mushroom Ban June [Re: Learyfan]
    #661755 - 06/04/02 05:14 AM (15 years, 5 months ago)

According to the Home Office the growing of psilocybe mushrooms does not contravene the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. They can be grown and taken as a drug in a raw state without any law being broken. It's still a good idea not to tell anyone your growing them.


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    #23190678 - 05/05/16 01:31 AM (1 year, 6 months ago)

The gateway to drugs is fucking human curiosity. I feel my hope for humanity dwindling again...


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    #23190820 - 05/05/16 02:38 AM (1 year, 6 months ago)

Quote:

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I feel my hope for humanity dwindling again...every time someone bumps a 13 year old thread




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    #23190838 - 05/05/16 02:48 AM (1 year, 6 months ago)

Its weird that the rest of the world has slowly been banning mushrooms, while legislation on pot has lightened up so much.


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