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'Magic mushroom' growing operation found in Lake Los Angeles home; 2 arrested

L.A. County sheriff's deputies have arrested two people after discovering a hallucinogenic-mushroom-growing operation in a vacant Lake Los Angeles home.

Deputies arrived at the 1,600-square-foot house in the 40500 block of 159th Street East on Monday to find a man and woman, several firearms and a psychedelic mushroom operation in a small bedroom closet.

They arrested Joseph Scott Jackson, 37, and Angela Coffey, 41, who had apparently been stealing electricity to grow the "magic mushrooms." Unlike pot plants, psilocybin does not require special lights to grow, and it was unclear what the electricity was being used for.

While some mushrooms were growing, others had been laid out to dry, presumably in preparation for sale. A deputy said discovering a mushroom farm is unusual.

"We don't see a lot of that -- mainly in the last couple years we've seen marijuana growth inside public residences," said Deputy Keith Ho.

The county dispatched a hazardous materials team to clean up any toxic spores. Jackson and Coffey were being held at the Sheriff's Department jail in Lancaster on $50,000 bail each, Ho said.

-- Amina Khan

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Shows how much the police know.

Psilocybin mushrooms DO need daylight to grow, they are one of the few species that do.

They also need humidity, and air circulation, hence two more reasons electricity might be needed.

The only thing that needs to be kept in the dark is the public, as hallucinogenic mushrooms are actually quite safe... safer than alcohol.

If we legalized marijuana and all drugs, we might find this "problem" easier to control.

For a distinction between the difference of Legalization vs Decriminalization, watch this testimony by a former customs agent, Arnold "Jim" Byron on YouTube. Minute 1:10 of 1:44


awww...can't afford to travel thanks to decisions by all them suit & ties...my only cheap option, now harder to attain. lol

maybe deep in the earth they had a pot farm. but who needs pot when you can watch the walls breathe. john is correct on many points.

what losers.

stop the insane drug war - we cannot afford it!

$50,000 bail?? Seriously? For growing mushrooms??

Seems a bit excessive to me.

More public tax dollars wasted on the "War on Drugs". Of course, anyone who knows anything about Psilocybin knows that indeed we are talking about a mushroom/substance that one would be hard-pressed to find much wrong with. Read about it. This substance is extremely hard to abuse as well, since it's effects diminish rapidly if one were to eat these 'shrooms on consecutive days. Might as well put 'em in a salad at that point...Responsible use promotes positive experiences. Psilocybin has been used very effectively to help people cope with terminal illness and is commonly reported to trigger deep and profound religious experiences - the mystical experience - which stays on after the effects have worn off. That is, while perfectly sober, people tend to feel themselves enriched as a result of the experience. There is a reason people have used these magic mashrooms for a long, long time to gain access to their spirituality. Hard for us in the West to wrap our heads around the concept that spiritual enrichment can come from anything but the bully pulpit of a Church or a Book written by human beings. But this is indeed a food from God...

Mmmmmm - shrooms!

Just another instance of the governments intrusion into an operation that may very well have therapeutic effects upon individuals suffering from illness or another even as Cannabis has therapeutic effects upon suffering people.

Re: mushroom "therapy" - it really depends. Of all the recreational & amateur users I know (Yes I've done them, too) - I'd have to say they're not necessarily better people for it. Mostly they're just bored, or using it to socialize.

Like getting in shape, people want to take a pill or chemical, instead of doing the harder work of genuine introspection, or learning to socialize while sober.

I interviewed one of the researchers doing end-of-life studies with psilocybin, and he's shown it can help people in those situations - used under guidance, it can help them reduce their fears, so they can live more in the moment, instead of fearing future pain and death.

And psilocybin also helps cluster-headache sufferers, since the psilocybin (psilocin, actually) is metabolized as serotonin in the body. There is a whole network of cluster headache sufferers worldwide, who help each other grow, for exactly this reason.

So yeah, mushrooms have their upside, but like a lot of things, they can be abused. And of course, you can have a bad shroom experience, depending.

I don't think they should be illegal, I think they should be regulated, like prescription drugs or alcohol.

Well, i guess that was just right.

Open a Magic Mushroom clinic


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