Dutch forbid drying ‘shrooms

A Dutch court has ruled that although growing magic mushrooms is legal, drying them is against the law. On October 7, the Den Bosch city court sentenced five accused of processing and trading in dried mushrooms to community service.
The court ruled that growing, selling and using only fresh mushrooms was allowed, because Dutch law forbids processing native plants into drugs. The judge defended the lenient sentences by explaining that mushrooms posed no significant threat to public health and were not addictive or dangerous.