A Bad Mistake

Problem: even if society passes good laws to regulate sales, how can we enforce them?

A very bad mistake indeed, one that resulted in an outbreak of poisonings, traceable to a popular psychoactive edible. In this case, it’s a product that advertises itself as containing a microdose of a substance derived from psychotropic mushrooms.

Brand name: Diamond Shruumz.

The true origins of the problem lie in the explosion in growth of a commercial industry based on making and marketing drug-infused edibles -- and the absence of an effective system of quality controls.

There are consequences, of course. The tab to date, per CDC, from this one product line:

Total cases: 48
Hospitalizations: 27
Potentially associated death: 1 (under investigation)
States: 24 (AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IN, IA, KY, MD, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN)
Recall: Yes
Investigation status: Active

The story made the national news.

Mushroom chocolates, gummies recalled across multiple states linked to hospitalizations, illness

Per CDC, "[the...

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