BlogCohen: three days to concider magic mushroom use


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Cohen: three days to concider magic mushroom use

14-09-2007 - 16 Commenti

AMSTERDAM - Mayor Job Cohen of Amsterdam wants people that are about to buy magic mushrooms for the first time in their life to take three days to think their purchase through. Within this term the purchaser can gather information on the hallucinating mushrooms so he can make ‘a more conscious choice’.

This is what the mayor wrote to Dutch minister Ab Klink of Public Health, Well-being and Sports yesterday. A pass-system must protect the mushroom-user against ‘unreasonable impulse buying.’ People who visit a smartshop for the first time receive, by flashing their identity card, a special dated mushroom-pass. At the same time oral information and folders are given. Only three days later the freshman can proceed with his actual purchase by showing the pass again.

Cohen wrote his proposal in reaction to a couple serious accidents with magic mushrooms - all of them happened in Amsterdam and there was a high number of young foreign tourists involved. Therefore, the unreasonable use of mushrooms is mainly a problem of the capital, so the mayor reasons. In his letter he pleads thus for a local treatment instead of the national prohibition that is considered at the moment. Following the example of cities such as Venlo and Maastricht he wants to bind all smartshops to a (local) license.

Cohen's pleading connects seamlessly with the vision of The National Smartshop Consultation Association (VLOS) that called the pass system ‘a creative and intelligent solution’ for a problem which is ‘only present in Amsterdam.’

Letter (in Dutch) to minister Ab Klink


  • Psychonoot 14-09-2007 11:59:33

    That's definitly a great idea. Some are still thinking it seems !

  • crusher 14-09-2007 16:23:24

    I cant believe that finally some ppls in the gouvernment have a good idea about drugs. I thought it would be the end of shrooms, glad to see its probably not.

    Shrooms are soooo wonderful if you know the risks, you how to use em and so on.

    Just dont take to much, be in a good set and have a good setting thats it. If you follow those rules all will be fine.

    More infos about shrooms is all what is needed for buyers and maybe age.

  • not buying it 14-09-2007 19:32:45

    so now it gets registered who uses mushrooms by an official government institute, through the pass.

    undercover fascists at work and most of you will fall for it, like the posts above this shows..

    problem-reaction-solution ... and the solution is always more infringement of your privacy of course....

  • Nicko 14-09-2007 19:41:45

    Where did you read it was going to be registered ?

  • MrGone 16-09-2007 15:28:43

    @ not buying it
    There's no fascist organisation at work here. The plan that Cohen oppered is very reasonable. And WHAT would a government get from knowing who uses mushrooms anyway. NO, it is still a freedom of CHOICE that is helt high here. The sole purpose is to prevent unknowing tourists to get into a trip they did not dream to have, the three day waiting period is to get educated and to decide if you'll do it or not. It is thoughts like yours that create MORE fear, thus creating less solutions for combining the elements of governmental action and the freedom of the people. The solution is, from my standpoint, simple and is in no way fearfull.
    And I would like to add, it is much more fun growing mushrooms yourself. I think the dutch government will never be that close-minded to actually ban mushrooms, but for the sake of public health they should regulate them.

  • Malk 16-09-2007 19:15:21

    It sounds like a pretty good idea. Ironically, this is a problem caused by the prohibition in other countries. If people weren't in such a terrible hurry Amsterdam would see far less of these problems.

    Having tried mushrooms - and quite enjoyed them - it is still not something I do casually. In fact I've called off more than one trip because I didn't feel the time or mood was right.

    Trying to convey the message that this is really something that requires the right set and setting is the right way to go. Better we all take a step back from glossy and irresponsible advertising or else we may all see this wonderful drug join the other drugs in Prohibition.

  • Bill 16-09-2007 23:07:40

    Its a shame for the responsible people who will be visiting for a couple days.

  • christos 17-09-2007 12:02:13

    the stupidiest idea ever heard of..... i dont know if this law is for making the tourists stay a little bit more than a weekend in amsterdam ... and its not for fascistic reasons for sure ,,, its just a so stupid way of "solution" ,, just for them (the gov) to say that they made some actions about the mushrooms without affecting the market ( the money ) ... anyway i dont think the people that come in amsterdam will inform themselfs for three days about mushrooms instead of sitting around in coffeeshops and smoking weed & be stoned all day long or maybe buy some LSD from some rastaguy just to make a trip ,, thats all ,, A WEEKEND "DRUG" RACE IN AMSTERDAM ,, THATS THE TYPICAL TYPE OF WEEKEND TOURISTS FOR THIS CITY ... i have never visit amsterdam ,, and if i would ,, even for a week i would still not buy mushrooms ,, i enjoy them much more in my country ,, buying from azarius of course ,,, peacefully and quietly without any bastard's subliminal law over my head ... an experienced user doesnt care for that stupid things ,, he arrange his/her trip ... the unexperienced users , which among them are people that use mushrooms only for fun ,fun ,fun are not patient and dont want to be ...





  • Nicko 17-09-2007 13:41:21

    You just do not understand the idea I think. Obviously they do not think they will help people preparing their trips. The idea is just a simple way to avoid tourists (bad)tripping on mushrooms in the streets, because practically all the guys that come to Dam are here to take drugs, and many of them are sixteen year olds eating mushrooms as if they were just some kind of powerful weed or beer.
    If I lived in Dam I would be glad not to have kids tripping in the street every fucking day in the year. And I would not care about having to wait three days to eat shrooms.

  • pp 17-09-2007 19:09:15

    it must have something to do with the trinity of heavens... they want to connect with divinity by creating a 3 step mushroom gate that is the portal to another dimention!!!!
    ehm... or something completely different..

  • Krypto 24-09-2007 00:27:33

    I think this is a good idea but at the same time has its downside...I for instance live in Germany and often go for a weekend to visit Amsterdam...Sometimes even just for a day. My point here is once the "law" or whatever is in place...DO I AN EXPERIENCED USER HAVE TO WAIT TO GET MY FRUITS....??? That would be quite discouraging to me and infact I can imagine I would be quite pissed that I had to stay so long....

  • Neuro Politician 26-09-2007 16:05:46

    I thinks it's a good idea, especially for those who are prone to an impulse buy. Mushrooms are something to be repspected, rather than used as a chaser when for an unprepared drunk teen. I must admit though, 3 days is too long. 2 days would be long enough.

  • Nicko 26-09-2007 16:47:35

    No, the aim is that you should not be able to take shrooms when you spend a single week-end in Dam.

  • young-but-informed 30-09-2007 16:11:56

    I think it will help stop stupid teenagers hurting themselves or others because they didn't think to learn anything about mushies,
    however for people(like myself) who live in countries where mushies are illegal this means that when we want to pop over to amsterdam for a weekend to have some legal trips we'll have to wait 3 days despite the fact that we already know how to use mushies safely and responsibly.

  • e 01-10-2007 20:14:37

    It is good to hear of a developing public policy regarding mushrooms which respects all parties; residents, visitors, the uninitiated as well as the experienced psychonauts. Open discussion, rather than outrightly banning or criminalizing mushrooms, is progress. When have you ever heard of a government promoting dissemination of useful, true information to someone wishing to have the psychedelic experience? I hope other governments can develop such an enlightened approach. In that day and age the 3 day wait may not be an issue. Till then the experienced should emphasize the usefulness of their knowledge to the first timer, so they don't get in over their head, make an ass of themselves and ruin the (party) progress society has been making in accepting and understanding entheogen use.

  • Bill 01-10-2007 20:52:53

    I hope someone who has used a mushroom pass will explain the procedure in detail a little better for us. For instance can we pick up a pass at any smartshop we pass and use it to purchase from any other place that sells? and do we get to keep the pass or do we hand it in and apply for another everytime we wish to purchase?

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