The party is over in Amsterdam. The Dutch government today announced a ban on psilocybin mushrooms, long tolerated under the Netherlands’ notoriously liberal drug laws, after the well-publicized suicide of a teenage user. The fungus “will be outlawed the same way as other drugs,” the justice minister said. The government will crack down on sellers to enforce the ban, the AP reports.
Most expected the government to rein in mushroom sales after a tripping 17-year-old girl jumped from a building during a school outing, but few expected the outright ban. “It's a shame,” said one vendor. "The media really blew this up into a big issue." The Netherlands sells roughly 500,000 mushroom "doses" annually.