Many law enforcement officials, politicians, and community activists across the country are in agreement that the nation seems to be facing a serious problem with opioid and other serious drug addictions. Much attention is being paid to the increasing number of fatalities related to these drugs. In the process, other drugs that can potentially have harmful effects and are still illegal often remain out of the spotlight. In fact, states like Colorado and Alaska have recently legalized the recreational use of softer drugs like marijuana. However, it is important to remember that recreational use of marijuana and other drugs is still illegal in Alabama.
A recent Shelby County drug bust is a reminder of how severe consequences can be for the use and possession of illegal drugs in Alabama. According to an AL.com article, the Shelby County Drug Task Force carried out a drug bust on Thursday, August 11. Acting on a search warrant for a residence in Alabaster, law enforcement officials seized almost 44 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms, more than four pounds of marijuana, and approximately $25,000 in cash. According to investigators, the marijuana had been purchased from Colorado, California, and Oregon. The mushrooms had been processed in a sophisticated laboratory located in the residence in order to prepare them for sale and distribution.
What’s Wrong with Mushrooms?
Not all mushrooms prove to be a tasty addition to food. In fact, some are extremely poisonous, which is one of the risks associated with taking psychedelic mushrooms. Not all mushrooms are hallucinogenic, but some do contain Psilocybin. Psilocybin is considered a controlled substance because of its hallucinogenic properties, as is illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. A common issue with ingestion of the substance is determining which mushrooms that contain it are poisonous to humans. Additionally, consumption of the hallucinogenic substance in mushrooms that are not poisonous to humans can still cause a number of serious side effects. According to the United States Department of Justice, these side effects may include:
- Muscle weakness;
- Drowsiness; and
- Lack of coordination, among others.
Most notably, ingestion of Psilocybin can make it difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. This can lead to an individual performing dangerous or risky actions they may have otherwise not engaged in, and doing so can have potentially fatal consequences. A law enforcement official quoted in the article expressed concern over recent increases in the possession and use of psychedelic mushrooms by area middle school children, especially given these potentially harmful effects.
Drug Trafficking Charges
Alabama drug trafficking charges come with serious consequences if you are convicted. These consequences can include multi-year prison sentences, tens of thousands of dollars in fines, a permanent criminal record, and many other serious related penalties. If you are facing drug-related charges, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney that has experience handling drug-related charges in Alabama. A consultation will help you understand the charges as well as the potential consequences, and working with an attorney as soon as possible can help you establish the most appropriate defense for your particular circumstances.