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The End of the Mushroom Kinds of Magic

The End of the Mushroom Kinds of Magic

Bali is indeed known for some pretty awesome kinds of magic it has. And while that’s all amazing, many tourists who have visited the island also couldn’t help but wonder about the whole other magic- related phenomenon which has been going on forever.  It’s the magic mushrooms phenomenon!

As most of us have noticed by now, Indonesia has very tough anti narcotics laws.There are many cases where the punishments sound pretty harsh compared to crime.  For those who come from countries where such violations can be fixed by paying a fine, this will sound rather unbelievable. Here in Indonesia, possession of a single joint can get you to do a couple years of prison time. Of course we can talk about this issue and contemplate about how it all sounds a bit harsh, but that’s where the Indonesian law stands. That’s why we keep on reminding the newcomers as well as tourists on the island to keep themselves out of trouble.

Considering how strict the narcotic law generally is, we find it completely understandable that every now and again tourists on the island seem to be pretty surprised and puzzled by the scenes where “magic mushrooms” are sold freely and openly in various areas, especially around Kuta. The sign boards are made very obvious, involving puns and images, stating catchy slogans such as “Ticket to the Moon”, “Trip to the Moon” and others with the similar message.

No doubt, this psychedelic mushroom does contain narcotic substances. The kind of high it causes is pretty serious making it no wonder that people have always kind of questioned why this organic substance was not treated as an illegal product, while marijuana has been illegal ever since the 60s. Was it because it simply because “cow feces mushroom” was not specified in the existing drug law? Or did everyone just look the other way and let that one slide for whatever reason? Well, whatever the reason was, it is no longer the case.

The age of tolerance for this particular matter is now officially over. Magic mushroom is now officially recognized as an illegal product. The Bali Police have worked on a socialization program through banners which specifically state that anyone possessing, storing, controlling, providing, selling or buying mushroom produced from cow feces is punishable with a sentence of 4 – 20 years imprisonment, based on article  111 / 114 of Indonesian Law Number 35, year 2009 regarding narcotics.

In this banner, the Bali Police has also included the information that these mushrooms contained psilosina  or else psilosibina which are both listed in the category of type 1 narcotics, each listed on number 46 and 47 as stated in the narcotic law as mentioned before. These banners are placed on high profile areas and by the sides of the busiest main roads, effectively ending the convenient gray area on the matter.

So, no more shrooming in Bali, people! Enjoy the real kind of magic that the island has to offer you and stay out of trouble!

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