Moderation, even in Mushrooms

Like much of Europe that is under attack by hordes of immigrant Muslims, the Netherlands is tilting to the Right. As a result, the home of the marijuana “coffee shops” is looking to officially ban magic mushrooms, which up until now could be obtained legally in “smartshops”.

The source of public focus is the death of a 17-year-old French girl with a history of psychiatric problem who jumped from a building last March. Since then:

  • A 22-year-old British tourist ran amok in a hotel, breaking his window and slicing his hand.
  • A 19-year-old Icelandic tourist thought he was being chased and jumped from a balcony, breaking both his legs.
  • A 29-year-old Danish tourist drove his car wildly through a campground, narrowly missing people sleeping in their tents.

It sounds to me as if the Dutch should ban tourists. Or, at least, screen them for mental disorders.

In a country with a population almost equal to that of Florida’s (the fourth most populous state), one would think that there would be more incidences of deaths from drunk driving, bar fights and alcohol poisoning that there are of shroom-induced psychosis. But you don’t hear anyone advocating prohibition.

Last March, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences conducted a study in which drugs were ranked according to potential harm in nine different categories.

Drugs Ranked By Danger

You will note that alcohol is ranked fifth, well ahead of cannabis and even LSD. Spokesperson Professor Nutt cited the statistic that one person a week dies in the UK from alcohol poisoning.

Basically, it all comes down to personal restraint. Drink in moderation, and you probably won’t choke on your own vomit. Don’t eat mushrooms when you are near psychotic and you probably won’t talk a walk on air while 30 feet up.

Does the world really need more drug laws?

Posted August 7th, 2007 Filed in International, War on Drugs