Psilocybin and the

It is difficult to determine how the use of certain hallucinogenic substances would be treated in the courts. Possession of psilocybin and psilocin (misspelled in the U.S. code as "psilocyn") is a felony under Title 21, Section I, (C) of the United States Code (1970 Edition). Psilocybe mexicana is also illegal. There was sufficient ignorance on the part of the law makers not to include the many other mushroom species containing psilocybin and psilocin.

Theoretically the possession of any psilo-cybin-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 illegal for anyone in the USA to possess mescaline. Peyote, which contains mescaline, is legal for bonafide members of the Native American Church when used ritualistically, but no member may possess extracts of the cactus or the drug mescaline. Peyote is illegal for nonmembers, but San Pedro and several other species of Trichocereuscacti also contain mescaline and are available from many legitimate cactus dealers.

It would be considered illegal for anyone to extract the active principles from any of the above mentioned plants. And it would be considered illegal for anyone to extract psilocybin and psilocin from mushrooms or mycelium as described in this book. Anyone found operating a large scale mycelium farm could be prosecuted for intent to manufacture psilocybin and psilocin. There are also many different state laws which must be considered before doing anything with psilocybin-bearing mushrooms. There are, however, many nations which have no laws regarding these substances.

The foregoing is not a thorough interpretation of the law. Rather these points are mentioned to give some indication of the legal pitfalls which surround the application of the

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. One classical example of this is the classification of the stimulant cocaine as a narcotic. One is reminded of the king in Alice in Wonderland who made up his own language as he went along with total disregard for the accepted definitions of words. I will not even go into the question of whether any law enforcement agency has the moral or Constitutional right to dictate what substances we may or may not take into our own adult bodies. Any modern individual whose mind is not immersed in the slavish dung pit of Dark Age unreasoning knows that reliable education—not criminal penalization — is the answer to whatever drug problems exist. Nevertheless, we must contend realistically with the powers that unfortunately be at this time. They are the ones with the badges, guns, gavels, and goons.

—Stone Kingdom Manifesto, 1976

activities described in this book. Furthermore, laws are constantly being revised. By the time this book is published and read the laws may have changed for better or for worse. The author and publisher are not recommending or endorsing the application of the information in this book, especially in places where there are laws proscribing these substances. This information is offered for the sake of pure knowledge, because it is a constitutional right to do so. The violation of any existing laws is not encouraged.

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