Drug prohibition when the stuff just boils out of the ground

johnboy 8 May 2009 42

The fungii are definitely on the move at the moment in all their weird and wonderful variety.

While walking the Kelpie Of Few Accomplishments yesterday I came across a large outcropping of these magnificent buggers.

(No, I’m not going to tell you where.)

Personally I take this sort of colouring as a clear message: “If you eat me I am going to mess you up”

But others seem to like being messed up in the manner of these mushrooms.

Which got me thinking about all the people in our society who think all things are within the command of the laws which they will have written.

Plenty of them read here.

The ones who think that all things which scare or disturb them can be banned, or controlled. If just enough laws are passed and enough “examples” are set (meaning lives needlessly ruined).

And yet, and yet. Even if you passed all the laws and locked up all those who failed to comply (in facilities where the inmates still manage to get hold of drugs despite all the bars and locks and searches), even if you managed all that.

These things would still keep boiling out of the ground.

(Also, before anyone runs out and gobbles up mushrooms, if you don’t already know what you’re doing it is extremely dangerous and you can kill yourself. Not recommended)


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jimbocool jimbocool 11:20 am 08 May 09

I would caution against eating those ones – common name is the Fly Agaric – they’re really toxic in Australia. The American version of them though will give you a magic carpet ride.

Golden Tops, however, are equally abundant in the ACT (I saw them growing just outside the GG’s fence once) and will deliver the desired result.

jakez jakez 11:32 am 08 May 09

Or you could just smoke weed like a normal person.

…oh wait.

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 11:33 am 08 May 09

Dad just loved telling us the story as kids about some monks somewhere who discovered it was safer to feed fly agaric to raindeer and then drink the raindeer urine to get high. I just can’t imagine ever being that desperate.

p1 p1 11:37 am 08 May 09

Anyone know of any reindeer near Canberra?

fnaah fnaah 11:40 am 08 May 09

I tend to agree with you Johnboy, but here’s the thing: the problem really isn’t the wowsers and retard alarmists, it’s the selfish stupid twerps who do stupid and reckless things while under the influence that get the wowsers all wowsy and the retard alarmists retardedly alarmed.

I hate stupid selfish twerps even more than I hate wowsers and retarded alarmists.

johnboy johnboy 11:42 am 08 May 09

So charge the stupid twerps for the things they actually do!

Jivrashia Jivrashia 11:52 am 08 May 09

From some article on the net (first few result from googling “magic mushroom”):

“Some people eat poisonous mushrooms thinking that they are ‘magic mushrooms’ – this can be very dangerous, as some poisonous mushrooms can cause death or permanent liver damage.”

Ugh… perm liver damage. Australians should know that that’s the job for beer.
(as you can tell, it’s Friday…)

Spectra Spectra 12:02 pm 08 May 09

So charge the stupid twerps for the things they actually do!

And, equally importantly, make sure “I was stoned out of my gourd, your honour” is not an acceptable defence or even mitigating factor.

johnboy johnboy 12:03 pm 08 May 09

Absolutely agreed.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 12:14 pm 08 May 09

Of course, one would take in the person’s history of use and possible factors that may have led to abuse (use and abuse are two different things), to best determine whether the person needs treatment rather than incarceration or debt (perhaps they could actually enforce rehabilitation by setting consequences if offenders do not attend). Crime under the influence is not okay and sometimes, like a lot of crime, it’s symptomatic of other things that need to be dealt with in a proper manner.

Also, isn’t it weird how our society has banned plants that GROW OUT OF THE FREAKIN’ GROUND!!!! Nature has been served her notice!

fnaah fnaah 12:14 pm 08 May 09

So charge the stupid twerps for the things they actually do!

And, equally importantly, make sure “I was stoned out of my gourd, your honour” is not an acceptable defence or even mitigating factor.

Yup, that works for me.

justbands justbands 12:21 pm 08 May 09

Personal responsibility? Nah…it’ll never work. Best just to ban everything.

Thumper Thumper 12:59 pm 08 May 09

Just remember kiddies, red means dead…

AG Canberra AG Canberra 1:43 pm 08 May 09

Didn’t a local mushroom expert (from one of the uni’s) incorrectly identify an ‘edible’ one and then fall off the perch recently?

Get your mushrooms in a shop I say….

ant ant 2:33 pm 08 May 09

Those are some very ornate mushrooms. I’ve got all sorts of mushrooms coming up, even in my lawn! But I ain’t eating them. Most of them have white gills.

peterh peterh 2:34 pm 08 May 09

AG Canberra said :

Didn’t a local mushroom expert (from one of the uni’s) incorrectly identify an ‘edible’ one and then fall off the perch recently?

Get your mushrooms in a shop I say….

interesting that they got it so very wrong…

Danman Danman 2:42 pm 08 May 09

Ill stick to my dried porcini.

frontrow frontrow 3:21 pm 08 May 09

I thought the whole development of agriculture thing happened about ten thousand years ago just to avoid situations like these (#3 and #14). It’s great not to have to worry whether your food is kill you or to engage in the experimentation required to determine the best animal to pass your drugs through for best results.

Emlyn Ward Emlyn Ward 3:43 pm 08 May 09

peterh said :

AG Canberra said :

Didn’t a local mushroom expert (from one of the uni’s) incorrectly identify an ‘edible’ one and then fall off the perch recently?

Get your mushrooms in a shop I say….

interesting that they got it so very wrong…

Not really that interesting – just sounds like the usual “spiders came out of her cheek” story to me.

That’s a lovely patch of Fly Agarics, Johnboy.
If you eat a couple of them, you get the toxic effects.
Alternatively, you do what the Siberians did and feed a few of them to your Witch-doctor. You then drink your Witch-doctor’s Urine for a much more controlled (and therefore safer) dosage.

farnarkler farnarkler 3:49 pm 08 May 09

Spectra (#8) to justice Higgins it is an acceptable defence.

http://www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme/sentences/harrington.htm
http://www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme/sentences/pollock.htm

He wells up when someone who’s on drugs is before him in the dock and he hands out pathetic sentences. I’m sure there are drug and alcohol councellors in jail so why are his sentences so weak????

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