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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    A Lancaster man who allegedly tried to sell edible mushrooms as psychedelic mushrooms in Ephrata Township is behind bars, police said.

    Jayson J. Hartman, 20, was interrupted by police before he could sell the mushrooms, Ephrata police Sgt. Philip Snavely said.

    Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Spring Glen Drive at 7:36 p.m. on Nov. 8 for a suspicious occupied vehicle in a parking lot, he said.

    During a pre-arranged meeting, Hartman was trying to sell three bags of shiitake and porcini mushrooms for a total of $250 to another man in his vehicle, Snavely said.

    Officers interrupted the exchange, he said.

    An investigation revealed that Hartman had represented the mushrooms as psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms, Snavely said.

    "He represented them as a controlled substance," the sergeant said.
    Ephrata police on Friday charged Hartman with the felony delivery of a noncontrolled substance, Snavely said.

    He was arraigned before District Judge Jene Willwerth and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail.

    The man buying the mushrooms was not charged because the deal was not completed, Snavely said.

    Originally Published Dec 02, 2011 12:20
    Staff Writer



  1. Alfa
    As ridiculous as this law seems, I think all countries should have such law. Its the only drug law that actually makes sense.
  2. TripStick
    The felony delivery of a noncontrolled substance, that doesn't make much sense to me. I know there could be some harm reduction purposes for such a law but why would it be a felony? Its more like false advertising to me.
  3. Alfa
    It indeed sounds nonsensical. However, so does conspiracy to commit a crime. US law is strange in these regards.
  4. Großschmackhaft
    Actually, this would be illegal in alot of jurisdictions. There is almost always a law against simulating crimes. Also, there could be fraud to consider on th elist of charges

    Here in germany it is considered a misdemeanor to sell substances as illegal drugs just as it is to sell illegal drugs.
  5. ianzombie
    I think its great, another arsehole off the streets.
    Thankfully it was an gourmet mushroom and not just some random mushrooms he had picked which could have posed serious health risks.
    Selling fake drugs is as much a crime in my eyes as selling the real thing is to the police.
  6. Malcolm Xtreme
    By charging this guy with such a heavy crime, a felony, just means he is more likely to get off when this thing goes to court. I don't see a jury convicting someone of a felony for trying to pass shiitake mushrooms as a psychedelic. However, I've seen weirder things.
  7. Tech House
    While the guy is a dick for selling something that isn't what he advertised, making it a felony and having to post $40K bond is absurd. Imagine if you sold pictures of a 30 year old and told the buyer that he/she was a very mature looking 16 year old. Sex offender for life? Dude was simply over-charging for quality mushrooms. I love gourmet mushrooms. I like this guy, I'm glad he gave me such a great idea for a new career. Of course my gig won't last very long before some unhappy customer has my face surgically altered with a baseball bat but until then it sounds like a great income.

    Now, if you reverse the situation, telling a person they're buying gourmet mushrooms but knowingly giving them psilocybin, then you could be endangering that person's life depending on when and where they ate the things. Same goes for the photo analogy, if you sell pics of a 16 yr old and say that he/she is 30 then ur gonna get an all-expenses-paid multi-year trip to a one star resort. They are not equivalent crimes (selling legal and saying it's illegal as opposed to the reverse.)
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