Amsterdam, August 2, 2007
1. Boat on canal, tilt up to wide shot Amsterdam canal
2. Medium bridge over canal, bicycles on bridge
3. Medium Amsterdam street scene
4. Pan from wide of street onto wide of "Full Moon" smartshop exterior
5. Medium window with magic mushroom advertisement, tourists coming into shop
6. Close up magic mushroom advert - tilt down the advertisement
7. Wide shot interior of smartshop, backpackers inside
8. Close up mushroom decoration hanging from ceiling
9. Medium shot salesman talking to customers, tourists
10. Medium shot explanations about mushrooms in various languages, tilt up to fridge with fresh mushroom packages inside
11. Pan across packages with mushrooms, with warning stickers ' do not use with alcohol and never consume more than 1 box' on packages
12. Chloe Collette, smartshop owner talking to a group of tourists in shop
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Chloe Collette, Owner of "Full Moon" smartshop in Amsterdam centre
" We usually have kind of conversation with them (customers), to ask them what they are used to and to ask what they expect, and give them a picture of what can happen, so just to have a little bit of personal contact so they are safe and comfortable before they start with it."
14. Tourists looking into fridge with mushrooms in shop
15. SOUNDBITE (English): Daniel Holdsworth, British tourist, from Billericay
16. "Yes, it's like, we are careful about what we are doing, just using them (mushrooms) to have a bit of a laugh really. That's it."
17. Shop owner Chloe at cashier register
Utrecht, The Netherlands, August 2, 2007
18. Medium shot exterior TRIMBOS Institute
19. SOUNDBITE (English): Peter van Dijk, Drugs researcher, TRIMBOS Institute
"There are a few factors that can cause a risk when using magic mushrooms. One of them is combining it with other substances like alcohol, cannabis et cetera. And the other one is if people have already psychiatric problems they really shouldn't use mushrooms because that can trigger psychosis."
Hazerswoude-Dorp, The Netherlands, August 3, 2007
20. Wide shot room where mushrooms are grown
21. Pan across magic mushrooms grown in crates
22. Close up mushrooms
23. Woman picking mushrooms and putting into crates
It's high season for tourists in Amsterdam, and more than a million people will visit the Dutch capital this summer to taste its varied artistic, historical and cultural offerings.
But for many, the emphasis is on the word "high": thousands come specifically to smoke marijuana and take drugs without fear of getting in trouble with the police, due to the Netherlands' famed tolerance policy.
And a relatively small number are interested in taking a 'trip' within a trip: under a little-known quirk of Dutch law, psychedelic mushrooms are legal here as long as they are sold fresh.
Unbeknownst to most tourists, that loophole may soon be closed.
The stores that sell mushrooms, known as "smartshops," have been operating under a cloud since March, when a 17-year-old French girl jumped to her death while on a school visit.
Her parents blamed hallucinations brought on by mushrooms, though she had suffered from psychiatric problems in the past.
Photographs of her beautiful, youthful face were splashed across newspapers around the country.
A majority of parties in parliament demanded the mushrooms be outlawed.
In May, Health Minister Ab Klink ordered the country's national health institute to perform a new study on the risks of using mushrooms. He will report back to parliament when it reconvenes next month.
But for the moment, it's business as usual.
Chloe Collette, owner of the "Full Moon" smartshop, explains the various fungi she has for sale.
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