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NME's Magic Mushroom Mania Loses Its Sparkle

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, May 9, 2005
Indie pop magazine NME warned this week that Glastonbury revellers eating magic mushrooms at this year's event could face 7 years in jail, following the British authorities' decision to categorise the psychedelic fungi alongside heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.

"If you think you can get away with it (taking mushrooms), think again," a police spokesman told NME. "Glastonbury is no different from any other time or place. There is a belief that we turn a blind eye but believe me, we don't. Officers will have been briefed on the change on the law and will have testing kits with them."

NME's warning came 12 months after the fading indie title published a controversial drugs guide called "NME's top tips for top trips' which urged its readers to "turn on, tune in, drop out and get shroomed up as the Third Summer of Love kicks off'. Their "Third Summer of Love' was cancelled one month later.