Dutch bill to ban magic mushrooms
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Or... there goes my European Vacation.
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 ban on the cultivation and use of the mushrooms means most of Smart Shops will have to close.
The shop owners argue that users will now buy dried mushrooms, which are already illegal.
The Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, has proposed as a compromise, a three-day cooling-off period between getting the information on magic mushrooms in the Smart Shops and actually buying them.
Under the suggested scheme, if an informed tourist decides to go ahead with a mushroom trip, he can pick up his pack of paddos in the Smart Shop, three days later.
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