Japan criminalizes shrooms.
April 25, 2002 9:28 PM   Subscribe

Japan criminalizes shrooms. Street merchants like these will soon be a thing of the past.
posted by skallas (9 comments total)
Um.. why is the accompanying picture to this story a photo of a Britney Spears concert? :)
posted by jozxyqk at 9:31 PM on April 25, 2002

and distressingly! "The University of Tokyo will disappear. All national universities will." :)
posted by kliuless at 9:34 PM on April 25, 2002

All these wonderful shops down the drain (in Japanese). Also stop by FG to discuss the end of (legal) mushrooms in Japan.
posted by curiousg at 9:52 PM on April 25, 2002

So, with my limited knowledge on Japan and their legal shroom activities now they want to make them illegal?

Is this course of action being taken due the war on drugs, or have the shroom's actually been a problem in their society?
posted by Zool at 10:39 PM on April 25, 2002

"I'm the Magic Man, the Santa Claus of the subconscious." Funny, I Thought Charlie Manson was in California.
posted by Mack Twain at 11:44 PM on April 25, 2002

The reason shrooms are so popular in clubs in japan is that, until now, they were only illegal to consume, but legal to import, sell and possess. A loophole closed. The gov't deals harshly with illegal possession and import cases here, mainly foreigners. However, when the goods are in the hands of the yakuza distributors, the gov't is notoriously afraid to challenge the mafia.
posted by planetkyoto at 2:58 AM on April 26, 2002

well.. sure! They might send ninja's after them!
posted by ph00dz at 6:42 AM on April 26, 2002

Well, what about pufferfish? Is the pufferfish sushi high in the crosshairs too?
posted by jfuller at 8:10 AM on April 26, 2002

whats the current legality of these in the states? i've heard conflicting stories . . .
posted by Dom at 4:48 PM on April 26, 2002

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