"Psilocybin And The Law"
The present drug laws are a pathetic mess. The old adage that ignorance of the law is no excuse becomes a ludicrous statement when the laws themselves are rooted in ignorance. Any modern individual whose mind is not immersed in the dung pit of the Dark Ages knows that reliable education - not criminal persecution - is the answer to whatever drug problems exist. Because of the ignorance of our lawmakers it is difficult to determine how the use of certain hallucinogenic substances would be treated in the courts.
of psilocybin and psilocin (misspelled in the U.S. Code as psilocyn) is a felony
under Title 21, Section 1 (c), of the United States Code (1970 Edition). Psilocybe
Mexicana is also illegal. There was ignorance on the part of the lawmakers not
to include the many other mushroom species containing psilocybin and psilocin.
Theoretically, the possession of any psilocybin bearing mushroom would be the
same as possessing the alkaloid itself. But when it comes to prosecution it
does not necessarily work like that.
Lysergic acid amides, which occur in morning glory seeds, stems and leaves are also illegal, but there is no way to prevent gardeners from raising this ornamental flower. It is also illegal for anyone in the USA to possess mescaline. Peyote, which contains mescaline, is legal for registered members of the Native American Church (NAC) when used ritualistically, but no member may possess extracts of the cactus or the drug mescaline. Peyote is illegal for non-members, but San Pedro and several other species of cacti also contain mescaline and are available from many legitimate plant shops (even K-Mart).
It would be illegal for anyone to extract psilocybin and psilocin from mushrooms or mycelium as described in this guide. Anyone found doing so could very easily be prosecuted for intent to manufacture psilocybin and psilocin. There are many different state laws which must be considered before doing anything illegal. I am not a judge or an attorney and I am not trying to offer any interpretation of the law. I, the author and publisher, am not recommending or endorsing the application of the information in this guide, especially in places where there are laws outlawing these substances. I offer this information for the sake of pure knowledge because it is our Constitutional right to do so. I do not encourage the violation of any existing laws.
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