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Legalise Psilocybin Mushrooms

2 Comments 6th July 2010

Section 21 of the Drugs Act 2005 outlaws fungi containing psilocin or an ester of psilocin (which would include psilocybin). This law was rushed without enough debate in the 'wash-up' period of 2005. This law should be repealed due to a complete lack of evidence and misunderstanding of the effects of psilocin and psilocybin.

Why does this matter?

Read Hansard debates of this law here:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmstand/f/st050203/pm/50203s02.htm

After the law had been passed, a Select Committee Report acknowledged this mistake: "The Government's use of a clarification of the law to put fresh magic mushrooms in Class A contravened the spirit of the Misuse of Drugs Act and meant that the ACMD was not given the chance to consider the evidence properly before responding."
They concluded by saying: "The ACMD should have spoken out against the Government's proposal to place magic mushrooms in Class A. Its failure to do so has undermined its credibility and made it look as though it fully endorsed the Home Office's decision, despite the striking lack of evidence to suggest that the Class A status of magic mushrooms was merited on the basis of the harm associated with their misuse."

Read this here:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmselect/cmsctech/1031/103107.htm

 

Chapter 5 of this independent scientific study outlines how few negative effects there are, personally as well as socially, to psilocybin mushrooms:

http://www.erowid.org/plants/mushrooms/mushrooms_health1.pdf

After the 2005 law was passed, the independent RAND Report concluded that "the positioning of them in Class A does not seem to reflect any scientific evidence that they are of equivalent harm to other Class A drugs."
http://rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2006/RAND_TR362.pdf

Now read how a study found that 19 of 24 participants in a study on the effects of magic mushrooms said that they were more satisfied with their lives two months after they had eaten this naturally grown fungi:
http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2006/07/17/psychedelic_mushrooms_earn_serious_2d_look_from_science/
 

It is also my right under Article 9 ECHR to consume mushrooms as a religious practice. I have researched this very extensively and two years ago I wrote my dissertation in my Law degree on this very subject. The Government continue to prevent countless people from partaking in their natural right to experience their own consciousness in the way that they choose to.

The idea that we should not be allowed to consume these mushrooms is absurd in scientific terms, social terms, and in terms of human rights. This ridiculous law was passed in a 'wash-up' five years ago, and while some spoke vehemently against the passing of it (noteably Paul Flynn), the legislation was not properly debated. I challenge anybody who disagrees with this appeal to find even one piece of real evidence that psilocybin mushrooms cause any lasting harm. (Even the old 'jumping from the rooftop' myth actually spurned from an incident involving PCP – not mushrooms…)

 

P.S. Let me know if you'd like to read the dissertation in full, I'll be happy to send it to you 🙂

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2 Responses to Legalise Psilocybin Mushrooms

  1. Matthew says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. I must say I fully support and believe all the things you mentioned. A filmmaker really needs to get their hands on this stuff. I am currently working on a college essay pertaining to the injustices of the laws surrounding psilocybin and would be very interested in reading your dissertation. If you wouldn’t mind, could you please email me a copy of it.

    Thanks,
    Matthew

  2. George says:

    Hi Gabriel,

    I’d be very interested in reading the dissertation in full, could you send it to me please? george@beckleyfoundation.org

    Many thanks,

    George

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