Magic mushroom appeal: Thomas Jenkinson takes weight issue to the Court of Criminal Appeal

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October 16 2023 - 7:00am
A file photograph of a bag of 'magic mushrooms', which contain psilocybin.
A file photograph of a bag of 'magic mushrooms', which contain psilocybin.

LAWYERS for a man convicted of supplying a commercial quantity of psychedelic drug psilocybin are arguing the weight of the drug should exclude the mushrooms in which it is naturally found, in what could be a precedent-setting case for how drug quantities are determined.

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Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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