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Mushrooms in the Nederlands.
This particular page is about the third largest legal grower of six or more Magic Mushroom Farms located in the Nederlands. I would like to point out that while Fresh Mushrooms of Tiel, Pro-Care of Hazerwoude Dorp and McSmart Mushroom Farm of Tiel, all prepare their own pacakaging and labels with their registered trade mark names on their fresh mushroom products.
It should also be noted that many individual Smart Shoppes also have their own registered trade mark names for their products, such as those once sold by the Conscious Dreams Collective consisting of five shops (including the Kokopeli in the Red Light District in Amsterdam by Veronique), guided and managed under the auspices of mushroom entrepreneur, Hans van den Hurk who buys from the above growers but packages his bought mushrooms under the trade name of "Inner Visions." for his Conscious Dreams Collective of Smart Shoppes.
Below I have posted the content of a news Item, recently republished in Stephan Peele's monthly, "Teonanacatl" The International Journal of Psychoactive Mushrooms" (Issue #27, February 2009), also referred to as "Teo."
This article presented below includes photographs by John W. Allen pertaining to some of the products labeled under the name of McSmart and the comments by the person who owned and operated the McSmart Mushroom Cultivation Farm in Tiel.
I would also like to point out that on several occasions while I was in Amsterdam in 2006 and in 2008, I attempted to try to arrange a meeting with the owner of McSmart. During those two visits, I talked to several clerks of shops selling the McSmart Mushrooms and inquired if I could meet with the owner to do a story on his business.
Employees at five Smart Shoppes and several head shops which carried McSmart mushrooms informed me that the owner had no reason to want to meet or talk to anyone not form the Nederlands about his business and a couple of store employees asked me to immediately leave their premises. So enjoy the story told by the owner of McSmart who now complains that he has lost his business due to the new Dutch law banning the sales and possessions of magic mushrooms. Interestingly, I was informed by Dr. Tjakko Stijve, that the list of banned mushrooms contains a list of 186 species of psilocybian mushrooms, of which said list was derived from my 2000 journal published paper written by me and my co-authors, Dr. Gaston Guzman of the Instituto de Ecologia in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico and Dr. Jochen Gartz of the University in Leipzig, Germany (The Worldwide Distribution of the Neurotropic Fungi
By AFP – November 14, 2008.
Dutch mushroom ban leaves grower bitter
Freddy Schaap, a grower of hallucinogenic mushrooms, is bitter about having to lay off half his staff on account of a Dutch government ban on his psychedelic produce.
TIEL, Netherlands - Freddy Schaap, a grower of hallucinogenic mushrooms, is bitter about having to lay off half his staff on account of a Dutch government ban on his psychedelic produce.
"I will have to dismiss at least half of my 16 employees" when the ban on cultivating and selling the so-called magic mushrooms enters into force on Dec. 1, Schaap told AFP on his farm in Tiel in the central Netherlands.
McSmart, the business he created in 2000, produces some 25 tonnes a year of the substance known fondly by users as "shrooms" and in the Netherlands as "paddos.”
"The ban makes no sense," protests the 36-year-old entrepreneur, saying he felt angry and deceived.
Declining to detail his turnover, Schaap deplores the "hundreds of thousands of euros" he had invested in the fresh mushroom industry, which unlike the already banned dried variety has thus far been traded freely in the Netherlands.
"I’ve been set back 10 years. I’ve lost everything," said Schaap.
In vast sheds among lush, green agricultural fields, McSmart cultivates different types of hallucinogenic mushrooms from the spore phase right through to their packaging in 30-gram plastic punnets.
After being cultivated in laboratories, the mushrooms are grown to adulthood in the half-dark on a bed of compost, straw and fertilizer.
They grow so fast that sometimes McSmart staff have to harvest more than once a day, after which the fungi are immediately packaged for consumption and shipped off to specialized Dutch vending points known as "smart shops where a punnet containing two doses is sold for about 12 euros.
According to industry association VLOS, there are six growers in the Netherlands, 180 smart shops and a few hundred employees in an industry with an annual turnover of 15 to 20 million euros.
Announcing the ban this week, health minister Ab Klink said the consumption of paddos "can lead to unpredictable and risky behaviour.”
Authorities drew up a list of 186 species of mushrooms whose sale will be banned in future. More are expected to follow later.
This may have been easier to accept, said Schaap, "had there been a good reason for the ban, like for cigarettes that kill thousands of people every year&".
He claimed that mushrooms have never been proved to be harmful, and proclaims pride in the product of which he was a keen consumer when younger.
"The use of mushrooms gives you insight, it should be part of growing up. It is a nice experience, friendly. People experience it positively - it is something you should do two or three times in your life."
He blames the ban on posturing by political parties, adding: "It will simply pave the way for illegal trade without any control or guarantee of quality".
According to Amsterdam health authorities, more than 90 per cent of the 1.5- to two million doses of mushrooms consumed annually are sold to foreign tourists.
A quarter of smart shops are found in the Dutch capital.
The death in March last year of a French teenager who had taken mushrooms before jumping to her death from an Amsterdam bridge, reignited the debate over the hallucinogenic fungus.
Though no link had been established between the product and the girl’s death, it led a majority of MPs to call for a ban.
VLOS has announced that it would seek compensation for its members, like Schaap, from Dutch courts.
"We will try to stay afloat a few months longer by producing those hallucinogenic mushrooms which are not yet on the government list, but that will not save my business," said Schaap.
There has been a heated national debate in recent weeks about the Netherlands’ famously liberal drugs laws, as more and more MPs seek a reconsideration of the tolerant approach to so-called soft drugs like marijuana.
There have also been calls for the closure of the famous Dutch coffee shops where marijuana is sold.
© (c) CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.
This article also appeared in an issue of High Times
BLNZ Bay Ledger News Zone
November 24, 2008 by AF
Dutch "magic mushroom" vendors seek court order against ban
A body representing Dutch "magic mushroom" vendors sought an urgent court order Tuesday to halt a health ministry ban on the sale of the hallucinogens pending a final ruling on the issue.
The petition was filed by the vendors' association VLOS at the district court in The Hague which is expected to deliver its verdict on Friday, officials and the group said.
"The minister must reconsider the issue," Paul van Oyen, a spokesman for the association told AFP.
"His decision to ban mushrooms infringes the drugs laws because he is unable to prove the danger they allegedly represent."
The ban introduced by Health Minister Ab Klink and adopted by parliament would stop the sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms from December 1.
Klink believes consumption of the mushrooms, sold in the Netherlands in so-called smart shops, "can lead to unpredictable and risky behaviour".
The death in March last year of a French teenager who had taken mushrooms before jumping to her death from an Amsterdam bridge, reignited the debate over the hallucinogenic fungi.
Though no link had been established between the product and the girl's death, it led a majority of lawmakers to call for a ban.
According to Amsterdam health services, where more than a quarter of the country's smart shops are to be found, more than 90 percent of the 1.5 million to two million doses consumed every year are bought by foreign tourists.
Authorities drew up a list of 186 species of mushrooms whose sale will be banned from December 1. More are expected to follow later.
According to Van Oyen, no investigation had been carried out into the French girl's death "and there is no proof that mushrooms were the cause."
He accused the minister of making his decision on the back of arguments "that are beyond reason."
Source: AFP Global Edition