Have you been charged with the possession of mushrooms? You may need a mushrooms attorney in Pennsylvania.
Have you been charged with the possession of mushrooms? With growing them, distributing them or possessing them with intent to distribute? These are potentially serious charges, and they carry serious consequences. Depending on the amount of the drug and the offense charged, you could face mandatory jail or even prison time.
If you are facing mushrooms charges in the Pennsylvania area, call Brian Manchester, an experienced mushrooms attorney in Pennsylvania. Call today. It is important to start working on your defense right away.
Mushrooms: Natural but Illegal in Pennsylvania
Psilocybin mushrooms — also known as “magic mushrooms,” “shrooms,” or simply “mushrooms” — are a type of fungus containing two psychoactive chemicals, psilocybin and psilocin. These chemicals cause psychedelic experiences when ingested, including hallucinations and altered sensory perceptions. There are nearly 200 species of psilocybin mushroom around the world, and psilocybin and psilocin are popular recreational drugs. But in Pennsylvania, as in the rest of the United States and many other parts of the world, these mushrooms are illegal. In Pennsylvania, psilocybin and psilocin are classified as Schedule 1 substances and are banned under all circumstances.
Mushrooms: Possession and Buying in Pennsylvania
There are a number of crimes related to mushrooms. The least serious is simple possession. It is a misdemeanor to intentionally or knowingly possess a small amount of psilocybin or psilocin for personal use. The maximum penalty for a first offense is one year in jail. For subsequent offenses the punishment increases to three years. Only multiple repeat offenders are subject to mandatory minimum incarceration, so at least on a first offense probation is possible. It is also a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania to intentionally or knowingly buy psilocybin mushrooms. This is punishable by at most three years in prison. Mandatory minimum sentences apply only to multiple repeat offenders. Simple possession of mushrooms is also a federal crime punishable by as much as one year in jail for a first offense, though possession charges are typically handled by the state.
Mushroom Trafficking in Pennsylvania
Growing or distributing mushrooms, or possessing them with the intent to distribute them, is a much more serious crime. This is a felony with varying penalties depending on prior offenses and whether minors are involved. The maximum penalty for growing, distribution or possession of mushrooms with intent is five years in prison. There are no mandatory minimum sentences for first-time offenders, but jail is likely even on a first conviction. After a first offense, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of three months, and that increases with subsequent offenses. Distribution of marijuana to a minor carries a minimum sentence of one year. Another two years are added if a defendant intended to promote habitual drug use by a minor, intended to involve the minor in drug trafficking, or distributed the drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, on a school bus, or within 500 feet of a school bus stop. Mushroom trafficking is also a serious federal crime with a possible sentence of 20 years to life plus a fine of $1 million or more if drugs from a major trafficking operation kill someone. If the death occurs as a result of a second or subsequent offense, a mandatory life sentence applies.
If you or a loved one are in the Pennsylvania area and have been charged with a mushrooms crime, call Brian Manchester, an experienced mushrooms attorney in Pennsylvania. He can help you build the defense you need today.