Making alcohol illegal led to huge increases in organized crime, corruption, and violence. For many of the reasons that led to its repeal, the same arguments can be made for why we need to end the war on drugs.
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More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant. But soon it may be legalized across the entire country following a decision Thursday by the federal government.
Just before dusk, 18 strangers enter a yurt on a Midwestern homestead. Peruvian tapestries decorate the walls of the large, round structure, and rattles stand poised for a ceremony. The participants...
a. The rights of people generally to practice their religion without interference by government.
b. Religious use of peyote and ayahuasca in the context of its religious use. c. Traced briefly the history of the Santo Daime Church and it adoption of indigenous practices including taking the ayahausca tea melded with Catholicism. The ayahausca (Santo Daime) tea is the sacrament of the Santo Daime religion. As the wine is for Catholics, so is the Daime tea for Daime Church members. Ayahausca contains DMT. d. The difference between taking the tea from an ayahauscario and taking the tea as part of an established religion such as the Santo Daime. e. Reaction of government to use of substances such as peyote and Daime tea. f. The legal and factual issues regarding the government's claim that peyote and Daime tea are dangerous. g. Use of experts to establish the boni fides of the Church and the safety of taking the tea and how the federal courts have ruled in favor of permitting the Santo Daime to import and take the tea
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We're very happy to announce that Roy Haber, Expert in Psychedelic Law will be joining our panel for the Dec 6th West Coast Premiere of Neurons to Nirvana.
Roy Haber won the case against the DEA for the Santo Daime, the South American religion that use ayahuasca as their sacrament. Currently he represents a number of shamans seeking protection for ayahuasca. Roy has some very interesting plans to help push these substances towards decriminalization.
The thousands of nonviolent crimes that have resulted in life without parole sentences include possession of a crack pipe, a smudge of heroin in a bottle cap, and "a trace amount of cocaine in clothes pockets that was so minute it was invisible to the naked eye and detected only in lab tests," according to the report. In each case, the defendant had previously been convicted of other crimes -- often decades-old and mostly of the non-violent variety..
From the goddesses of myth and antiquity to 21st century curanderas and counterculture adventurers, woman and sacred plants have been intimately linked. Through the literature of women from dramatically different backgrounds and experience, the feminine perspective on drug-altered consciousness connects icons like Cleopatra, Maria Sabina, Laura Huxley and Grace Slick and reveals a psychedelic sisterhood that is ever-present.
World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, 21. March 2008 Change of Consciousness: A Challenge of the 21st Century
In a maddening scandal that is rocking the state of Massachusetts, a government crime lab chemist has been caught intentionally forging signatures and tampering with evidence in as many as 40,000 cases, destroying the lives of countless innocent Americans.
Dr. Carl Hart defies all preconceptions of the word "neuropsychopharmacologist." With thick dreadlocks that dangle well below his shoulders, a penchant for studded earrings, and a gold incisor that flashes when he grins, Hart, 47, was the only black man in America to receive a Ph.D in neuroscience in 1996 upon completing his doctorate at the University of Wyoming.
In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to “hanging length of his scrotum” — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become