PC and drug sensationalism gone mad. This from The Metro (UK):
Tesco's 'magic mushrooms' sparks drugs row
Monday, April 16, 2007
Real thing: The class A drug
Tesco has been accused of making a joke out of drug abuse by selling 'magic' mushrooms.
The supermarket giant has put stickers containing the words 'magic in pasta'on packs of its closed-cup variety.
Adrug support charity yesterday criticised the move and consumers are demanding that the mushrooms be taken off the shelves and repackaged.
Shopper Jenny Amphlett complained to Tesco after spotting the stickers in the chain's Stafford branch.
She said: 'I couldn't believe it when I saw it, and it worries me that Tesco is promoting or condoning drug use.
'It could be that someone in the product- marketing team is playing a prank – unless they were really naive enough not to be aware of magic mushrooms.
'Whatever the case, it seems completely inappropriate for a family supermarket like Tesco to associate itself with drugs.'
She added: 'There are so many people trying to overcome drug addictions and there are problems with young people getting into drugs, but here we have a store that is making fun of it.'
Sue Hallett, of Staffordshire drug support charity ADSiS, said: 'It is not good and should have been avoided by Tesco.'
Magic mushrooms are known for their hallucinogenic properties. They are now a class Adrug, having become popular in the 1970s as a legal alternative to LSD.
A Tesco spokesman said the stickers were meant as a useful cooking tip and there was 'absolutely no sinister connection' between them and the drug.