Last Monday, the 18th of July, Magic Mushrooms, whether fresh, dry or prepared, were made a Class A Drug. Previously you had been able to buy and consume them fresh, legally, from over 400 stores in the country. They also grow wild during the autumn in our countryside and can be easily found if you know where to look. They were available legally before due to a loophole in the law that only deemed them illegal if they were prepared and dried.
"The law has not been clear with regard to the status of fresh magic mushrooms and some have tried to exploit this apparent loophole" said Home Office Minister Paul Goggins in a statement.
My local Hydroponics shop had a statement on their wall from the Home Office saying that they had permission to sell fresh shrooms and that it drew people away from more dangerous, illegal drugs. In the last 2-3 years as mushrooms have come more available use of LSD has dropped. Now isn't that a good thing??? I've had two close friends who've been sectioned in mental health hospitals due to excessive use of Acid as well as other drugs. Now that Mushrooms are Class A just like LSD, Heroin and Crack, people will rather take the acid as there are the same legal risks involved.
You could now get locked up for 7 years of your life for picking a few wild mushrooms from a field. Crazy! Where is the logic in that? Who goes out commits crimes while tripping out? When have you ever heard of violence or robbery done by someone high on the fungi? Who the hell even wants to leave the comfort of their home and wander into the general public whilst on a trip? Yeah crack and smack heads commit crimes to feed their addictions, but magic mushrooms are not addictive. So why class them as the same?
"Obviously I would not suggest someone with schizophrenia took magic mushrooms but nor should they probably take alcohol," said Chris Bovey, owner of online retailer Potseeds, based in Totnes, Devon.
"Our customers feel patronised by the government, victimising them for doing something harmless and enjoyable in their own homes, just because they need to sound tough on drugs."
This I totally agree with. Instead of making shrooms totally illegal, they should be properly regulated. But it's all too late now; the government rushed the legislation through and by the time anyone noticed, it was too late. Another little freedom we've had snatched away from us.
Anyone got anything to say about the subject, I’m all ears.