Saturday, April 16, 2005
Britain Takes the Magic Out of Mushrooms
Those links to the Guardian in the previous post yielded this story on a new British law that makes magic mushrooms a Class A drug. Readers of Vice Squad will recall that prior to this new law, the legal status of magic mushrooms was unclear, and despite some prosecutions, they were openly sold in some parts of Britain. Now, according to the Guardian article, even possession of the frowned-upon fungi could bring, uh, up to life in prison. But not to fear: "Yesterday a Home Office spokeswoman said people would not be considered to have committed an offence merely for having magic mushrooms growing on their land." Why not? That is the sort of compromise with drugs that we have come to expect from those Labour Party liberals. Maybe a visit from a clear-thinking American official will get our allies back in line.