Vice Squad
Monday, May 17, 2004
 
'Shrooms in Scotland


Like any well-meaning, law-abiding citizen, Paul Stewart, who ran a cannabis shop in Scotland, called the Home Office to determine whether or not it was legal for him to sell magic mushrooms in his store. The government told him in writing that it was perfectly legal, as long as he did not prepare them in any way, such as making them into tea. Of course, following the government's guidance has landed Stewart in jail, facing four counts of selling a Class A drug. Stewart noted that humans have been ingesting the special mushrooms for thousands of years, and pointed out that animals eat them as well. They grow wild all over England, and are legal to pick and eat, as long as they are not "prepared". The definition of "preparation" is the key issue in this case, although no legal definition exists on the books in Scotland.

The story can be found here.

Vice Squad previously reported on magic mushrooms in England here.

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