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Dutch bill to ban magic mushrooms

But the association of owners of so-called “Smart Shops” where the hallucinogenic fungi are sold say that magic mushrooms, which contain the hallucinogenic ingredient psilocybin, are only dangerous when they are taken together with alcohol or other drugs.

The Dutch cabinet has proposed a bill to ban the sale of hallucinogenic or so-called “magic mushrooms”.

A majority of MPs is expected to back the proposal, which comes after a number of accidents, mostly involving tourists.

The health ministry said the number of incidents linked with the use of magic mushrooms had almost doubled in the last four years, mainly in Amsterdam.

But owners of the shops that sell them say the ban is unnecessary.

“The use of mushrooms can produce hallucinogenic effects which can lead to extreme or life-threatening behaviour,” the health ministry said in a statement late on Friday after the cabinet decision.

A woman harvests magic mushrooms in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands, Friday Aug. 3, 2007

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  1. Guns don’t cause extreme or life-threatening behaviour, mushrooms do.

    Comment by spencer | April 30, 2008 | Reply

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  3. Being from Holland I’m really rather unhappy about this. There is one specific incident involving a French tourist that really got this started. Obviously France isn’t to happy with the Dutch open minded policy towards soft drugs, and the Dutch government is eager for more European collaboration, and as such sees the need to appease the French and thus ban the magic mushrooms.

    Unfortunately the consequence will be that selling will go underground and we’ll lose the efficient quality control we have now, and then, then we’ll really see the amount of incidents increase – especially amongst tourists who will not be able to distinguish amongst the shady dealers whom to trust, nor will they be as well informed as they can be by the staff that works in smart shops.

    All in all a bad development. Then again, these are just my 2 cents.

    Comment by James | July 23, 2008 | Reply

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