Dutch minister of health to ban “magic mushrooms”

After discussing the item for months, minister Klink (member of the Christian-Democrat party) has decided to ban the sale of magic mushrooms.

Dried mushrooms were already illegal to sell and own and were considered harddrugs. With the ban of sales, minister Klink is also consulting minister of Justice, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, if they could declare all mushrooms as harddrugs. This discussion leading up to this decision was mainly caused and influenced by incidents involving tourists whose irresponsible behaviour amounted to a lot of fear in the eyes of the public. Cohen, mayor of Amsterdam, already proposed a way to decrease spontaneous purchases of mushrooms by tourists, by giving them a certain waiting time before they could get the mushrooms. During this time they could inform themselves about the effects.

It’s a very bold move by the minister and although the majority of the parliament is for a ban, it still comes unexpected to many. Previous research into mushrooms has shown that the risks when taking mushrooms in a responsible way are very minimal. The Dutch organisation for smartshops have warned the government repeatedly of the risks involved of people buying mushrooms in an underground market.

It is expected that many groups will contest and protest the decision, since some view the mushroom as an entheogen and see the plant as capable of invoking very powerful spiritual and philosophical experiences.

Also see:
“Klink gaat paddo’s verbieden” – nu.nl (Dutch article)

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4 Responses

  1. I expect people rushing to smartshops now, doing mushrooms while they’re not in a good mood for it and just a little more havoc before the ban (which Klink would obviously use as proof that the ban’s a good idea).

    Great job, Klink. It’s perfectly acceptable to let the actions of tourists affect the freedoms of Dutch citizens.

  2. En waarschijnlijk op termijn een grotere vraag naar LSD omdat mensen toch wat anders gaan proberen.. grote kans dus dat de kwaliteit van het aanbod afneemt.. heel jammer.

  3. Yeah, and some people should just not take LSD.

    Especially not the people you hear about in the news.

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