Netherlands Passes Ban on MushroomsNovember 13th, 2008 by Perry
Mostly an import from Hawaii, Ecuador and Mexico, the hallucinogenic, “magic mushrooms” are now banned in the Netherlands. Mushrooms have been freely available for years in the country.
The ban was passed due to outrage over a French girl, 17, who jumped from a bridge to her death while under the influence of mushrooms. The move seems to come as a wave of reform is being pushed by the local leaders who hope to clean up the image of the nation.
Amsterdam city council supports the government’s ban, hoping it will change the general perception of the city as a mecca for drug users and the sex industry.
Shop owners have claimed the ban will result in hundreds of jobs being lost and are planning protest marches.
A Dutch magic mushroom customer said:
Sunday lunch just won’t be the same. I always used the mushrooms in my stew for friends. They produce a nice relaxing glow, much better than alcohol.