magic-mushrooms UK law, magic-mushrooms law policy.
Spores of Psilocybe mushrooms can be legally purchased from several
mail order sources; however cultivation and consumption of the mushrooms
are illegal in many jurisdictions.
In the United Kingdom, possession of processed(dried mushrooms, tea or powder) and unprocessed (fresh)
mushrooms is illegal. Both dried and fresh are now Class A drugs. The drugs act 2005 clarifies existing legislation in respect of magic mushrooms making fungi containing the drugs Psilocin or Psilocybin (-magic mushroom’) whether fresh or not a class A drug.
Please refer to the drugs acts 2005 faq as to how this law change is applied.
In Japan, it was legal to possess and sell psilocybin
mushrooms until June 2002. Possession was made illegal in 2002, possibly
in preparation for the World Cup and in response to a widely reported
case of mushroom poisoning.
In Denmark, sale, possession and consumption of psilocybine/psilocine
mushrooms were legal up until 2002, where the governmental purge of what
they called “designer drugs” outlawed them along with a number
of other hallucinogens and empathogens.
In the United States, psilocybin and psilocybe mushrooms
are regulated under DEA Schedule 1, making them illegal to possess under
federal law. (Researchers and their subjects are granted exemptions by
the DEA.) Under state law, it is illegal to possess psilocybin and psilocybin
mushrooms in all states except Florida. In Florida, a
court decision ruled that wild psilocybin mushrooms themselves are not
illegal to possess as they are not mentioned by law. Since Florida has
not decided at this time to change its laws on this matter, they remain
In the Netherlands, possession of unprocessed mushrooms is not
illegal. However, when prepared, the product (dried mushrooms,
tea or powder) may be construed as illegal. Because of this there are
a lot of drug shops selling fresh mushrooms in the Netherlands, especially
In Norway, possession of the indigenous Liberty cap (Psilocybe
semilanceata) has been illegal since 1977. In 2004, all mushrooms containing
psilocybin and psilocin, and specifically Psilocybe cubensis, were outlawed.
The recent ban has been reported to EFTA as a violation of the EEA agreement,
since unprocessed mushrooms are legal in the UK and in the Netherlands,
and the EEA agreement prohibits banning merchandise which are legally
sold in any other EEA country. EFTA is currently (September, 2004) investigating