ATCC & Psilocybe

Bob Harris harris at
Fri Oct 7 20:28:03 EST 1994

In article <9410072239.AA18587 at umailsrv1.UMD.EDU>
Jerome_J_MOTTA at UMAIL.UMD.EDU (jm102) writes:

>      Just to set the record straight regarding Psilocybe and ATCC, the fact is
> that no one ordered, demanded or otherwise pressured ATCC into de-accessioning
> Psilocybe from its inventory.  Psilocybe is on the list of controlled
> substances. 

Just to set the record straight: Psilocybe is NOT a controlled
substance. Psilocybin and psilocin ARE. The musrhoom has never been
controlled under federal law, and only a few states, California being
one of them, has ever specified a species of mushroom being illegal.

ATCC has always had the requirements that you fill out special forms
for these species, but you were still able to order them. As to the
business aspect, there are thousands of cultures that ATCC maintains
for the genetic diversity reasons alone. Many of those have never sold

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