personally i believe that the government officials responsible for this next set of law amendments must of actually been on mushrooms or crack cocaine when they decided the following laws should be enforced for magic mushrooms... completely crazy...

glaxo and such like can produce chemical based drugs with horrific side effects and get them passed easily due to the huuuge amounts of money they throw at government departments.... but it seems that even though in the mind of most law lords and politicians we should live by the 10 commandments ie be more religious as it would seem that the creator of our planet is all knowing.... but why then do governments not allow us to enjoy natural plants, herbs....

look at the penalties attached to mushrooms possession, production and distribution??

The new Drugs Act 2005 has changed the law so that now both fresh and prepared (e.g. dried or stewed) magic mushrooms are classified as Class A drugs. Possession can get you up to seven years in jail and an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else with magic mushrooms can get you life and an unlimited fine.
Magic mushrooms

How has the law changed?

The law has changed so that fresh mushrooms containing psilocin or psilocybin, as well as the chemicals themselves, are classified as Class A drugs. Previously only prepared (e.g. dried or stewed) magic mushrooms were in this category. The reason for the new laws is to stop the commercial sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms. It is now an offence to import, export, produce, supply or possess with intent to supply magic mushrooms, including the raw psilocybe mushrooms. The law also now covers production so it is illegal to supply growing kits.

Why are psilocin and psilocybin Class A?

Psilocin and psilocybin are powerful hallucinogenics like LSD - in other words, they give you a trip. These trips can be a good or bad experience - if bad they can leave you disorientated, paranoid, frightened and sick, and you may experience flashbacks. Magic mushrooms are particularly harmful to people with mental illness or with an underlying mental health problem

What if you have magic mushrooms growing naturally in your garden?

The Government has brought in regulations to make clear under what circumstances it will not be against the law to possess magic mushrooms. Exceptions will be made for people who unknowingly pick the mushrooms in the wild or find them growing in their garden.

Does the change in the law apply to fly agaric mushrooms?

No. Fly agaric mushrooms do not contain psilocin and they are not controlled drugs. However, these mushrooms are very poisonous.

Does the law apply throughout the United Kingdom?

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