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Mushrooms Remain On Glastonbury Menu

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Government legislation treating magic mushrooms like crack cocaine and heroin is not going to be introduced until after Glastonbury, civil liberties group Transform announced this week, meaning festival revellers will be able to use the soon to be outlawed psychedelics with impunity.

"It was thought that the new law would commence before Glastonbury Festival 2005 (24th-26th June) which last year witnessed the arrival of open sales of fresh magic mushrooms," said Transform.

"It now appears that although an announcement of the commencement date can be expected in the week before the festival, the actual date for the change will be a week or two after, meaning that this year's festival will again have legal sales on the site," Transform predicted.

Transform's Steve Rolles said the delay was caused by complications such as how landowners with the naturally occurring fungi are to be treated and suggested politicians are also concerned about a backlash from the event.

"The new laws making mushrooms Class A drugs had been due to be introduced on June 21," said Steve.

"It has also been suggested that there was no appetite in the Home Office for harshly enforcing a ban at the festival when the law was only a few days old."

In more Glastonbury news, the Sunday Times revealed this week that super-rich ravers will for the first time be able to enjoy the event "without the inconvenience of having to mix with the hoi polloi', by hiring luxury tents in an adjacent gated community called Camp Kerala. The ultra-luxurious enclave will have its own private 8 foot high patrolled security fence and a helicopter pad for the 100 or so guests willing to pay £3,000 each (+ VAT) to escape Glastonbury's commoners.

"It is going to be wonderful," Camp Kerala commandant Jenny Lederman told the newspaper, "This is for people who love Glastonbury and want to do it in luxury."