Abolish the DEA

a series of essays constituting one long argument against America's devastatingly misguided Drug War






April 16, 2019

Furious



A sceptic reading this site may ask: why is this guy so upset about modern drug law? What follows is the answer:

The drug warrior feels justified only because he or she assumes that the use of illegal substances is motivated by irresponsible hedonism. This conscience sop, however, is rapidly disappearing as we learn that many currently illegal substances are turning out to be godsends from a psychologically therapeutic point of view. LSD and psilocybin help users think outside the deadly box of pessimism and negative learned response. Ketamine reawakens a hopeless mind to the possibilities that life offers. Ibogaine helps one rethink their supposed need for alcohol and other addictive drugs.

Yet the hypocritically pious drug warrior stands in the way of all these treatments, by superstitiously asserting that the drugs in question are somehow bad in and of themselves, simply because they have been labelled that way by corrupt politicians, especially Richard Nixon.

This is why the drug war is insidious. It is not a war on irresponsible hedonism, it is a war on humanity’s freedom and ability to control the very way that they LOOK at life, since they deny us the right to improve and expand our minds.

Freedom-loving peoples claim to hate being told what to think by their government; how much angrier they should be when government tells us HOW – and how much – we may think.

This is why I’m righteously P.O.’d and doing my best to rouse the rest of the free world to the same all-too-justified fury.

This is, after all, the greatest tyranny possible in a supposedly free country, to tell me how much I can think -- especially in America, where I have been constitutionally guaranteed the pursuit of happiness, only to have the means to that happiness withdrawn by politically motivated laws.

Q: Who barged on to Jefferson's Monticello and destroyed Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants? 1) The Mob 2) Juvenile delinquents 3) Terrorists 4) The DEA

A: The DEA

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April 14, 2019

Test, Not Arrest



The following is my response to the London Times article entitled "Police drugs policy of ‘test, not arrest’ condemned as back-door legalisation".

As an American, I am disappointed that England continues to follow the drug policies of Richard Nixon, who first criminalized psychoactive substances, not for health reasons, but because he despised the people who used them. If Nixon had been truly interested in America’s health back in the early ‘70s, he would have banned cigarettes and alcohol, not LSD, a drug that had been uncontroversial in the ‘50s as a therapeutic treatment for alcoholism and other psychiatric disorders.

Many psychoactive substances have since turned out to be beneficial in psychiatry, especially ketamine, which now looks like a psychiatric wonder drug, since it successfully combats depression without causing chemical dependence (as do the vast majority of legal substances that are currently taken for depression). Indeed, ketamine actually seems to grow new neurons according to recent findings, connections that may be responsible for making the depressed more creatively adaptive to their life situations.

Seen in this light, the “test, not arrest” policy of British police is to be commended as one small refreshing step toward adopting a rational and caring stance toward substance use. Yes, ideally, government would solve such problems, but until they do so, we need small innovative steps like these to swing the pendulum back in favor of sanity.

Meanwhile, we need to renounce the Western world’s modern-day superstition according to which certain substances become evil incarnate once we criminalize them and call them “drugs.” Shakespeare himself knew better than this over 400 years ago, when he put the following far more nuanced view of the medicinal world into his soliloquy for Friar Lawrence:

Oh, mickle is the powerful grace that lies

In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities.

For naught so vile that on the earth doth live

But to the earth some special good doth give.


Yet here we are, centuries later, the drug-warrior West, dutifully slandering Mother Nature’s pharmacy at the behest of corrupt politician Richard M. Nixon.

Q: What has three letters and ruins the lives of people who want to maximize their potential using time-honored natural plants?

A: The DEA.

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April 6, 2019

Put the DEA on Trial



Liberal critics of the drug war keep saying that it’s failed. But this misses the point, because it implies that the drug war was not necessarily a bad idea, but merely one that turned out to be ineffective in combating illegal drug use.

To the contrary, the drug war never had the right to succeed because it was wrong from the start to ban naturally occurring substances, the gifts of Mother Nature, the birthright of humanity, especially when these substances are banned for political motives. If Americans have any birthright, they surely have a right to the medicinal and nourishing output of Mother Nature and cannot be rightfully separated from that bounty by coercion.

But there’s one class of Drug War victim that’s rarely recognized today: that is the millions of depressed persons who have gone without effective medications for decades now thanks to Richard Nixon’s politically motivated scheduling and slandering of psychoactive substances.

Richard Nixon’s political assessments of such drugs remains on the books today, thanks to the fact that the self-dealing DEA, an agency that exists to “fight drugs,” is the same organization tasked with deciding the legal status of drugs. That’s the mother of all conflicts of interests, one that will continue to eat away at the democratic process until the DEA is excised from the body politic.

Before saying goodbye to the DEA, we should publicly try its leadership in court for having knowingly barred millions of depressed Americans from receiving priceless therapy. How did the DEA do this? By scheduling these drugs based on political motivations, completely ignoring to this day the well-documented benefits of drugs like LSD and psilocybin to change lives for the better in a positive and medically monitored setting.

What's the cause of depression in America?

The DEA.

But the DEA will only be held accountable when politicians start valuing patient outcomes over political outcomes.

Q: What has three letters and ruins the lives of people who want to maximize their potential using time-honored natural plants?

A: The DEA.

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March 29, 2019

Prescription for Cruelty



During that dreary decade when psychiatry had me stumbling around the world on Valium, I was regularly infuriated by my psychiatrist’s refusal to help me with prescription problems during a weekend. I would repeatedly arrive at the pharmacy on Friday night or Saturday morning, only to be told by the pharmacist that there was some problem with my prescription and that I would have to contact my doctor. Of course, when I attempted to do so, I was greeted by a recording admonishing me that neither the doctor nor his minions could possibly have anything to do with me until Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.

I was infuriated and in disbelief every time this happened, the more so in that my prescription had inevitably just “run out” at such times. Was I really supposed to go “cold turkey” until the doctor got off the golf course, got his beauty sleep, and then arrived at his expensive office in his BMW at 9 a.m. sharp some 48 hours from now? Did the Hippocratic oath only apply on weekdays?

This illustrates a downside of America’s drug status quo that has gone unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans: namely, the arrogance that doctors have assumed toward their patients ever since physicians were handed the golden goose of the prescription pad in the early 1950s. Armed with this priceless monopoly to dispense addictive medications, doctors have assertively turned a deaf ear toward the needs of their patients on weekends.

Of course, these physicians often make it clear that they can’t be bothered on the weekend by posting signs to that effect, but what they never explicitly tell you is that they will gladly let you suffer “cold turkey” rather than move a finger to help you after hours. This is the default punishment for the patient who fails to “refill early,” not a monetary fine but rather the psychological punishment of medication withdrawal.

This practice continues today: the practice of forcing a patient to go “cold turkey” on a medication that they have failed to renew in a timely manner. It first happened to me 40 years ago when I was “on” Valium, and it last happened to me just two years ago when I was “on” Effexor. In the latter case, the answering service was so determined NOT to help me, that I finally had to lie by implying that I was considering suicide. Only then was I transferred to a medical supervisor who agreed to instantly refill my prescription, after getting my assurance that my suicidal references were merely a strategic ploy to gain the assistance to which I felt that I was entitled.

Of course, in some cases, the pharmacist will offer to supply the patient with a few pills to “take them through” the weekend, but this happens rarely, in my experience, and is of little use to a patient who lives many miles from the pharmacy.

Psychiatrists might argue that it’s too expensive to deal with prescriptions on the weekends, but if this is truly so, then the psychiatrist should never have gotten in the business of prescribing medications in the first place. Patients, after all, have to live their lives 24 hours a day, not just 9 to 5 on weekdays, and if psychiatrists aren’t prepared to deal with after-hour problems, then they have no business dispensing addictive medications.

But when it comes to dispensing medications, psychiatrists want to enjoy the rights of a monopoly without assuming the responsibilities.

The solution: end the physician’s monopoly on dispensing mood-altering drugs, since the faith that we have thus placed in them has been so clearly abused. Decriminalize the vast panoply of mood-altering drugs and let patients decide for themselves what they need (from the vast pharmacopeia of Mother Nature, not just from the tiny subset of addictive medications whose sales benefit Big Pharma).

The first step in achieving this goal? Re-empower patients by granting them the same rights that they possessed before the passage of the Durham-Humphrey Amendment of 1952.

Q: Who barged on to Jefferson's Monticello and destroyed Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants? 1) The Mob 2) Juvenile delinquents 3) Terrorists 4) The DEA

A: The DEA

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March 21, 2019

Puritanical Assumptions about Drug Use in the Entertainment Field



American psychology operates according to a long-standing puritanical assumption when it comes to so-called “drug users” in the entertainment field. The party line goes like this:

“They could be as good – or even better – if they were not using drugs!”

Could Jimi Hendrix have been as good – or even better – without drugs? How about Robin Williams?

No. The above citation is a mere statement of faith that belongs in a Christian Science catechism, not in a psychological textbook.

It is a statement of faith because there is no logical reason to suppose that human beings were meant to live their lives without emotional support from mood-altering substances, especially when those substances occur abundantly in nature and grow in profusion all around us, in the form of mushrooms, poppies, ibogaine, etc. In fact, we rely on such emotional support every day when we use drugs such as nicotine, caffeine and alcohol. When we puritanically declare that others be drug free, we simply want them to conform to our own self-serving notions of what the good drugs are. We don’t feel any need to expand and sharpen our minds through the use of certain illegal naturally occurring substances: why should they?

(Of course, we’re assuming here, as the Puritans do, that by “drugs,” we simply mean substances that have not been supplied by a reputable psychiatrist. In other words, we don’t so much fear drug-improved performance per se as we fear the use of illegal drugs for attaining this end.)

But the fact is that for many of us, the unmedicated personality says “no” to showing off, to “putting oneself out there,” to standing up for oneself, etc., especially before thousands or even millions of people. We are attacked by the psychological quality that Poe called “the imp of the perverse,”* whispering in our ear and telling us to fail. Is it not obvious in such cases that certain mood-altering substances could have the beneficial result of raising one beyond nagging self-doubts, such that one can access and express inner talents that our knee-jerk self-doubt would have otherwise suppressed?

True, a person can cope with this self-doubt by shunning fields like show business entirely, but if that is the field in which one’s innate talent lies, would it not be folly for such a person to “just say no” to drugs and thereby just say no to personal fulfillment in his or her life?

Seen in this realistic psychological light, drug use in the entertainment field makes perfect sense – not for all, of course, but for many. But if this statement sounds outrageous to you, let me reword it using terminology that carries less emotional baggage given today’s Drug War mentality: “Seen in this realistic psychological light, the use of performance-enhancing medication in the entertainment field makes perfect sense.”

The fact that these self-doubting entertainers are taking risks with their lives (by buying performance-enhancing medications on the street) is to be blamed on the Drug War, not on the performers themselves. (How can we blame a person for doing whatever they feel is necessary in order to succeed in their vocational dreams and thus obtain the self-actualizing pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy?) It is the Drug War that ensures such risky behaviour is necessary, first by spreading disinformation about mood-altering drugs (making it difficult for drug users to choose wisely) and then by rendering those drugs illegal (making it difficult for the user to guarantee the purity of the drugs that he or she purchases on the street).

To solve this problem, we have to do more than decriminalize drugs. We have to change American mental healthcare practice so that it recognizes this instinct to self-fulfillment as a (or rather THE) genuine motivating factor in the depressed and the anxious.

Had Hendrix or Williams naively attempted to seek their performance-enhancing drugs through psychiatry, they would have been immediately tagged as potential addictive types. But that is a bad diagnosis. On a fundamental level, those performers did not crave drugs, they craved self-fulfillment. Drugs (or “performance-enhancing medications," if you prefer) were merely a necessary means to that end, even if the hypocritical Drug Warrior (while smoking his cigars and swilling his whiskey) would steadfastly deny it.

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Yet psychiatry holds to the materialistic notion that the drugs we supply a patient must fix some specific underlying chemical problem, not merely allow the patient to be successful in life -- as if all things good in life (including happiness and serenity) do not follow naturally when we allow a patient to be successful (regardless of our knee-jerk abhorrence for the substances that may be employed toward that end).

To put it another way, psychiatry these days (thanks to its absurdly limited pharmacopeia of mood-altering substances) is not good at helping patients achieve their dreams; instead psychiatry's talent lies in helping patients become satisfied with falling short of their true potential in life (while the psychiatrists insist that – not to worry, Jimi – at least now we are treating the “root causes” of your problems and are therefore being truly scientific about this! So what if you’re not a rock star: at least you’re getting help from real scientists!)

Yes, Hendrix died of a drug overdose, but only because America never discussed mood-altering substances honestly. Instead, psychiatry ignored illegal substances and drug warriors demonized them. The result was that no credible information was out there by which Hendrix might have steered clear of disaster, and even if it were, Hendrix was forced by drug prohibition to rely on street drugs of uncertain potency and chemical constitution.

Yet, the drug warriors never learn. They cite each problem that they themselves create (like drug deaths in America and violence overseas) as a reason why the drug war must go on. It’s a circular argument with which they hope to deflect criticism and ignore their own culpability. And it’s an argument that psychiatry abets by failing to recognize the true motive behind much illegal drug-taking: namely, the search for self-actualization in life. By ignoring this most fundamental of human motivations, psychiatry contributes by default to the simplistic notion that drug users are rabble-rousing hedonists, a view-point that eggs on the fascist mentality that seeks to suppress illegal drugs with unconstitutional methods.

*See also the correlation that GK Chesterton draws between reason and madness in the first chapter of "Orthodoxy." Though Chesterton never remotely broaches the topic of brain-enhancing chemistry, the phenomenon of madness as he describes it cries out for the intervention of psychoactive substances to distract the mind from mere reason, insofar as there are no other known treatments that have been shown to reliably help a neurotic to think outside the box of the everyday, and thus expand their mental cosmos.

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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March 17, 2019

Drug War Hysteria and the Opioid Crisis



I recently posted an article in which I slammed a group of six Richmond area hospitals for providing misleading information about ketamine on their website page for teenagers. The “Healthy Kids” site did its best to paint ketamine as a boogie-man despite the drug’s documented inability to cause addiction and its apparent lack of long-term negative consequences. They fretted that the drug could still cause psychological addiction and they harped on the delusions created during moments of intense intoxication. Not one hint was given that the drug has a potential positive role in legal settings as a non-habituating anti-depressant (which is odd, since depressed youth are particularly apt to drug experimentation as a form of self-medication; a little nod to ketamine’s newfound efficacy in this quarter could therefore be vastly useful information for a depressed young person to know).

But one might ask: why should I be complaining? Surely we should paint illegal drugs in as black a shade as possible so that kids get the message. Kids aren’t very good at picking up on subtle distinctions, after all.

First of all, the distinctions are not subtle in this case. Ketamine is non-habituating. Opioids are vastly so.

Secondly: This “one-size-fits-all” approach to describing illegal drugs destroys our credibility in discussing such substances with the young. When we tar all illegal drugs with the same brush, the young eventually realize that we’re gilding the lily in favour of an ideology as opposed to dispassionately providing raw facts.

Look at it this way:

If I’m a kid, and a parent tells me that both Ketamine and Opioids are drugs from hell, I have no guidelines whereby to select between the two should I be so inclined. If they’re both drugs from hell but I’m determined to use SOMETHING, I might as well choose the one that gives me the biggest kick, or better yet, use both of them. Why not, since the adults imply that they’re basically interchangeable when it comes to consequences?

The fact, of course, is that there is a huge difference between the two in terms of negative consequences, but America’s drug-abuse programs routinely obscure this fact by painting each and every illicit substance in the same dark light. We think we’re doing the kids a favour by thus preaching to them rather than providing them with full disclosure; what we’re really doing, however, is denying them the crucial information whereby they can advisedly avoid truly dangerous substances. We need to stop preaching to them and start showing them factual data about all mood-altering substances (the reported frequency of addiction, habituation, etc.), so that those who are determined to do so can “choose their poison” wisely (yes, even if that poison be alcohol!)

Solution:

Decriminalize all drugs and begin real drug education in grade school, teaching kids exactly what the real-world threats are of each and every drug in each and every setting. But no politics. No attempts to influence the students with anything but the facts. Let them develop their own philosophy of substance use as they become adults. And no pretending that opioids are “drugs,” but that Prozac and alcohol are somehow “not really drugs.”

Such full disclosure about drugs (so glaringly absent in the above-mentioned “Healthy Kids” page) will empower students to steer clear of opioids, especially in cases where they are determined to use some mind-altering substance no matter what we say. They will steer clear because 1) we have been honest with them about each and every drug’s shortcomings and benefits and 2) they trust us because we have been honest with them.

Sure, under this new paradigm, a small percentage of kids will still end up in jail over drug use -- but at least they will no longer be ending up in the morgue!

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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March 10, 2019

The Good News and Bad News about Ketamine



The good news about ketamine is obvious: finally there is a street drug with some real potency that (miracle of miracles!) the prudish American zeitgeist has found a way to make legally available to average human beings who need it, and outside of laboratory research settings as well. Depressed patients now finally have a powerful alternative to highly addictive* SSRI antidepressants, whose long-term use conduces to anhedonia. Making the good news even better, ketamine treatment has been shown to be non-addictive and to help depressed patients for months, even years, at a time, without the need for constant re-dosing. Depressed patients now have a real alternative to their daily dosing with addictive meds, in the form of chronologically well-separated infusions of ketamine.

The bad news is that our society’s liberal attitude toward ketamine only extends so far. The powers that be are still going to insist that the ketamine user jump through a series of expensive and time-consuming health-care hoops before they can legally partake of this wonder drug. Thus a ketamine dose that could be picked up on the street for $50 will cost the legal user a minimum of $300, and will generally only be available as part of an outpatient treatment protocol calling for six infusions, thus setting the ketamine patient back $1,500 minimum for initial treatments (though in practice the initial treatment costs are usually closer to $3,000 or more). Nor is that cost going to be covered by most insurance plans. Thus the depressed patient will be effectively punished by society (with the loss of a substantial amount of time and money) for not purchasing their relief on the black market

Nor is that the only down side to the limited form of ketamine availability that the cynical and paternalistic zeitgeist has seen fit to allow. In order to clothe the administration of this street drug in the garb of modern science, depressed patients will often be required to confess the most sensitive details of their life to their ketamine provider by rating themselves 1 to 4 (with 4 being “very true”) on 344 intimate statements presented on the Personality Assessment Inventory. Statements like:

Sometimes I am afraid for no reason.

It bothers me when things are out of place.

I’ve done some things that weren’t exactly legal.

I’m waiting for the day when the Personality Inventory Assessment will include the following statement:

I think that Assessment inventories like these are a waste of time and are prying into things that are none of anybody’s business. Just give me the damn drug, already!

I would rate that one a 4, as being very true, indeed.

Some of us have been depressed for decades now. We really don’t need a complete stranger in a lab coat to tell us that based on a deeply intrusive assessment test.

Let’s focus on the positive, however. It’s little short of a miracle, after all, that ketamine is now legally available to depression sufferers, so strong is America’s puritan and patriarchal bias against drugs like these that have been historically used in party contexts. So if the powers that be insist that I fill out a silly and highly presumptuous personality test in order to be deemed “officially depressed,” then so be it.

Let’s just hope that someday, America will renounce its insistence on medicalizing my emotional needs and will trust me to deal with my own emotions as I see fit, drawing freely from Mother Nature’s pharmacopeia to do so and no longer turning a deaf ear to my own instincts, no longer relying on a stranger to tell me how I “really” feel and what I “really” need by way of treatment.

Note (March 12, 2019): I am not denying the value and importance of psychological counseling, especially for the young; I am merely rebelling against the notion that every "patient" must go to a doctor to learn how he "really" feels and, therefore, what he "really" needs. I don't go to a doctor to see if I "really" need coffee or alcohol. Why should I go to a doctor to see if I "really" need ketamine? I feel depressed; I've read that ketamine can help. I therefore want to use ketamine. Tell me what I need to do in order to use ketamine safely, but don't subject me to a condescending barrage of test questions designed to second-guess my own impressions and thereby determine what I "really" need.

*addictive: It is claimed that SSRIs are not addictive, but that they only cause "dependence," and thus pharmacology and psychiatry can supposedly refute the idea that they are getting patients "hooked." But what is the definition of addiction? According to Webster's, it is the compulsive and uncontrolled use of a substance. Well, I assure you that I am compelled (as in psychologically motivated) to take Effexor if I stop using it suddenly, and the use that then ensues is not "controlled" by the medical establishment, but merely by my subjective feelings about the amount of medication that I need to regain the chemical balance to which my system has become habituated by the drug. This hair-splitting rejection of the term "addictive" by psychiatrists is a convenient ploy from a legal standpoint. Many SSRI users were never informed of the drug's addictive qualities, and now legalistic psychiatry can turn around and say, "Our drugs are not addictive, they just cause dependence, so there." As if those of us consigned to eternal use of the drug can rest easy now that we know we are somehow not technically "addicted."

"What your son needs is lots of tender loving medication."
-South Park, episode 1504

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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March 1, 2019

English Head Teacher Makes Richard Nixon Proud by Ruining Students' Lives



The following is a letter-to-the-editor that I submitted to the Telegraph in response to their story entitled “Top grammar school expels pupils for drug-taking during lunch break,” published on February 28, 2019. In that article, head teacher Alistair Hopkins proudly proclaimed his determination to be as intolerant as possible in handling the issue of a student who took “drugs” during a lunch break.

Just another proof that England is still a loyal copycat of the Richard Nixon school of hysterical drugs policy, half a century after that US president turned drug law into an anti-scientific political tool for empowering the police, justifying overseas intervention, and cracking down on domestic opposition. If we must deal with drugs hysterically, let's at least reserve our most illogical responses for the most dangerous drugs.

Ketamine, far from being a menace from hell, is now considered a godsend treatment for depression. Meanwhile, commonly prescribed SSRIs like Effexor, despite their legality, are so addictive that the latest studies show they are almost impossible to give up after long-term use (with addicts showing a relapse rate more than double that for notoriously addictive drugs such as heroin).

When school officials flex their bureaucratic muscle like this in order to proudly display their intolerance on this topic, they merely add to the mystique of drug use for the young. Had they handled this matter with discreet common sense, few British kids would have even heard of this originally isolated incident, let alone an American adult like myself who had never even heard of Caistor Grammar School before today -- after seeing it plastered across the Web in lurid headlines about supposed drug depravity amongst the young.

Richard Nixon's drugs policy has deprived suffering humanity of valuable pharmaceutical remedies now for at least 50 years. We only encourage such political interference in medicine when we adopt that president's superstitious belief that certain substances become evil in and of themselves after we decide to label them as “drugs” rather than as “potential medicines.” Worst of all, we ruin young lives when we publicly disgrace them for failing to respect our anti-scientific prejudices on this subject.

Q: What has three letters and ruins the lives of people who want to maximize their potential using time-honored natural plants?

A: The DEA.

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February 27, 2019

Why Hollywood Owes Richard Nixon an Oscar



Hollywood owes Richard Nixon an honorary Oscar. If the 37th president of the United States had not launched a paramilitary crackdown on the use of naturally-occurring substances in the early ‘70s, we would have no movies like the following:

American Gangster, Asian Connection, Bobby Z, Clockers, Cocaine Cowboys, Empire, L.A. Wars, Marked for Death, Scarface, Rush, etc. etc. – just add the “bullet-riddled” movie of your choice, especially those that focus on South American “scumbags” and their American nemeses, namely, those no-nonsense cops who openly laugh at the whole idea of due process and the other high-falutin legal protections that have been historically afforded to American citizens via the U.S. Constitution.

One typical Nixon-inspired classic is 2007’s Walking Tall: Lone Justice, starring Kevin Sorbo. It follows the usual Drug War plot in which a pious American renegade launches a Pyrrhic war against a South American drug-lord/scumbag. Of course, hero Nick Prescott never stops to think that America itself has created these drug lords by outlawing the medicinal plants of Mother Nature in the first place and then blackmailing governments around the world to do the same lest they lose America’s financial support. Instead, we get the usual morality tale based on a false narrative: righteous no-nonsense American trashes the Bill of Rights in order to give a South American scumbag what’s coming to him.

The plots of all such DEA-glorifying flicks take Nixon’s crackdown as a morally justified “given” and then proceed to vividly demonstrate all the violence that predictably results from such a crackdown, i.e., the violence to be expected when we take away a citizen's right to freely access the medicinal benefits of Mother Nature. A sane viewer of the above-mentioned agitprop can only wish that Director Tripp Reed had had an epiphany during the movie’s filming and yelled: “Cut! Guys, what are we thinking? The real villain of this piece is Richard friggin’ Nixon, not some opportunistic entrepreneur who merely took advantage of the lucrative black-market economy that that idjit of a president single-handedly created out of whole cloth!”

But say what you will, Richard Nixon created something else as well: i.e., a whole new genre of movies about foreign scumbags pursued by moral Americans. We might call it “the scumbag genre,” for want of a better term.

But before Richard Nixon’s political heirs step up to the podium to accept a posthumous Oscar on behalf of their movie-spawning forebear, let’s be sure to accompany Nixon’s Oscar with a multi-billion-dollar damage claim for all the lives that his War on Drugs has taken over the last half century. No one has yet calculated the full price tag for this carnage, but it has to be huge, since the Drug Policy Alliance reports 200,000 killed in Mexico’s U.S.-inspired drug war alone, and that figure just covers the period from 2006 to the present. Even as we speak, the fascist Duterte of the Philippines is working to beat that record, racking up 12,000 drug-war deaths in his country in the last three years alone (i.e., since 2016).

So hats off to Richard Nixon, the unsung hero of American cinema, whose crackdown on the rights of the individual resulted in a whole new exciting movie genre about Drug War “scumbags.”

PS After the Academy gives this long-overdue recognition to Tricky Dick, they should consider awarding a second honorary Oscar to New York Congressman Francis Burton Harrison. Francis was the visionary politician who first decided that Americans could not be trusted to use naturally-occurring medicines as they saw fit. It’s thanks to his tireless work in outlawing opium in 1914 that Americans gave up their right to Mother Nature’s pharmacopeia in the first place, thus empowering anti-scientific conservatives like Richard Nixon to crack down further just a half century later, thereby creating a whole new genre of scumbag-busting movies that continue to triumph at the box office to this very day!

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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February 25, 2019

Bashing Ketamine in Richmond, Virginia



Ever wonder why the wonder-drug ketamine is so expensive and hard to get for treating depression? It's at least partly because seemingly authoritative medical institutions feel free to lie about such drugs, as part of their over-the-top efforts to scare children away from drug abuse. These lies in turn lower the reputation of the drugs in question and make it more difficult for them to gain approval as promising new therapies for millions of suffering patients.

Take the “Healthy Kids” section of a website for six hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Their page on ketamine tells teens the following:

“People who use ketamine can become psychologically dependent on it to feel good, deal with life, or handle stress.”


Fair enough. Negative ketamine side effects are rare, of course, but they should be mentioned. The problem is that this website article starts and stops with side effects, thereby ignoring the 64,000-pound therapeutic gorilla in the room: namely, the fact that ketamine may well be one of the greatest drugs ever created for treating depression.

As Thomas Insel, the Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, puts it:

“Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades.”


Do website authors really have to lie by omission like this in order to scare kids off drugs, making sure that they only hear one side of the story when it comes to currently illicit substances? That approach certainly never worked for me as a kid. I recall always having the feeling back in grade school that adults were “pouring it on thick” whenever they talked to me about drugs, and so their hyperbole on that subject, far from scaring me straight, made me doubt anything that they had to tell me on the matter.

I’m not asking websites to glorify drug use for kids: merely to respect kids’ intelligence (and their innate gift for detecting adult BS) and tell them the whole truth, so that they can learn to trust what you tell them on this topic rather than to discount everything you say as an adult on the grounds that you’re known to exaggerate for propagandistic purposes.

Nor should we cite side effects out of context, as the HCVA website does above. After warning that ketamine could be psychologically addictive, for instance, we might inform the children that legally prescribed SSRIs such as Effexor can be far more addictive than ketamine, and not only psychologically so but physiologically as well, to the point that even psychiatrists will tell the patient that they have to take said SSRI for a lifetime. By providing such context, we can let kids in on the important secret that it’s not merely the illegality of a substance that renders it potentially dangerous, but that common, everyday treatments can have major side effects as well.

It’s not just the kids that will thank you for your honesty in the long run, but also folks like myself who could benefit from novel therapies such as ketamine for depression. For when we paint substances as evil incarnate for the purposes of childhood pedagogy, our lies do more than confuse children: they also help create a climate in which the FDA and government in general can put the concerns of millions of suffering Americans on the back burner in the interest of seeming “tough” on those particular drugs which, like ketamine, we have hypocritically singled out for vilification.

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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February 24, 2019

Fascist Drug Story Coverage in Parsipanny, New Jersey



Great. Now the police are not only making drug arrests, but they're reporting on them in the "local" newspapers, thereby taking the place of at least theoretically impartial reporters.

Case in point: the faux-local site TapInto.Net has run a story (dated February 23, 2019) entitled Drug Bust Leaving Red Roof Inn in which the byline is given to... get this... the PARSIPPANY POLICE of New Jersey, where the action supposedly went down.

I took exception by sending the following letter to TapInto.Net.com.

MY LETTER TO TAPINTO.NET

It's a little eerie that your news outlet prints stories written by the police, especially on the controversial subject of drug arrests. Your article entitled "Drug Bust Leaving Red Roof Inn" involves the arrest of individuals for manufacturing a drug (Ketamine) that is increasingly considered a godsend for depressed patients. And yet you (or rather your police informants) cover the story as if it concerns the arrest of a common criminal.

The arrestees' real crime was cutting out the middle man -- modern psychiatry -- and running afoul of Richard Nixon's anti-scientific drug war. But these issues are scarcely ever raised by newspaper coverage -- and they never will be if you continue to cover such stories on the cheap by letting the police write the articles about them. Not only is this a complete abnegation of your journalistic responsibility, but it sounds like a step toward fascism to me when our police are not only making the arrests but then writing the official news stories about them for the local press.

Q: Who barged on to Jefferson's Monticello and destroyed Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants? 1) The Mob 2) Juvenile delinquents 3) Terrorists 4) The DEA

A: The DEA

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February 23, 2019

Why American Drug Policy is Insane



First America takes away the citizens’ right to manage their own pain by rendering opium illegal. Then the American psychiatric field decides that it will treat the resultant epidemic of depression by damaging the patient’s brain, i.e. by treating depressed patients using electroshock therapy.

Imagine what this says about our attitude toward drugs: It means literally that we would rather damage a depressed patient’s brain than allow them to be made happy, damage-free, by the occasional use of natural-occurring medications such as opium that are not under the control of psychiatrists.

I shared these thoughts online on Reddit, assuming that the point I was making was self-evident. To my horror, I found many otherwise sane-sounding individuals indignantly protesting that ECT was a valuable tool in the psychiatric arsenal, even though the therapy’s very proponents admit that it can cause brain damage. I was finally, in fact, banned from posting on the Reddit Psychedelic Studies group because I had outraged the many fans of traditional psychiatry by my heretical stand on ECT – as well as other dubious “cures,” such as addictive modern anti-depressants.

Sure, ECT and anti-depressants may sometimes be better than nothing, but surely it is unconscionable to use such damaging and addictive treatments when emphatically successful benign treatments are staring us in the face in the outdoor pharmacopeia provided by Mother Nature, in the form of opium, mushrooms, ibogaine, etc.

Doctors claim that ECT is a last resort – but what they really mean is that all better options have been rendered illegal.

If ECT is really required these days, we should at least make it clear that we are forced to that expedient by inane drug laws – rather than pretending to ourselves that this is a free treatment choice that we have selected for its own peculiar merits.

In other words, the DEA and all who believe in it should be shamed every time we are forced to damage a patient’s brain in order to relieve depression via ECT – since it is the Drug War’s know-nothing mindset that has deprived the suffering of God-given natural medicine that could give them reason to live. So the next time we bemoan the newly vapid personality of a victim of ECT, let’s remember to point fingers of blame at the self-righteous Drug Warriors.

The first step in combating the devastating Drug War is to acknowledge its inanity. If we fail to do that, then it is not just our drug policy that is crazy but Americans themselves, as witnessed by their patient acceptance of brain-damaging cures and their failure to recognize the fascist forces that have rendered such Pyrrhic treatments necessary.

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A: The DEA.

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February 3, 2019

Open Letter to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (aka drugfree.org)



*The following comments were sent to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (now drugfree.org) via their comment form:

When is the Partnership For a Drug-Free America going to stop lying about drugs? That scientifically flawed “fried egg ad” (which you still continue to feature proudly on your home page!) has caused untold suffering over the last three decades because it has scared researchers away from creating powerful new psychoactive medicines for depressed Americans. Most illegal drugs, whatever their other shortcomings, do not fry the brain. LSD, for example, actually increases brain activity by opening up neural communication between the thalamus and the cortex. This is not just my opinion, it is the conclusion of the National Academy of Sciences (see link below).

If any drug fries the brain, it is the modern antidepressant. Studies have shown that long-term users of SSRIS frequently complain of emotional flatlining and “foggy” thinking.

So please take down that fried egg image on your home page -- and apologize for making depressed Americans like myself suffer needlessly for the last three decades! Open your mind to facts instead of propaganda and let science move forward, unfettered by your uninformed libel against promising new psychoactive medicines. The drugs that you love to hate – MMDA, ketamine, psilocybin mushrooms, and LSD – are now showing great promise as psychiatric adjuncts for treating depression, soldier PTSD, grief, etc. In the name of suffering humanity, I ask you to stop standing in the way of this progress with your superstitious fear-mongering about substances that you clearly do not understand – or else do not wish to understand.

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/01/23/1815129116

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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February 2, 2019

The Infantilization of America



No one has lopped more heads off of the hydra-headed beast of drug-related misunderstanding than Hungarian-American psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, and one of his greatest insights had to do with doctors. Ever since they were empowered with the privilege of writing (or withholding) prescriptions, Szasz tells us, the sick or troubled amongst us have been encouraged to think of themselves as babies when it comes to medications. We know nothing about medicine and our medical instincts, experiences, and pharmacological desires count for little. The big question is: “What does a board-certified doctor think that we need?” Even if we are visiting the eminent physician for a simple cold (something that our great grandparents might have laughed off with a little tincture of opium), we still must appeal to the brow-wrinkling doctor if we hope to access anything more powerful than acetaminophen and cough drops.

I am not reminding the reader of this lost Eden in order to promote the dangerous solitary use of psychedelics and other substances, but rather to remind us that our caution on these topics is caused in part by our knee-jerk obedience to a healthcare paradigm that infantilizes us as patients and urges us to discount our medical instincts and experiences. We have been trained to distrust ourselves when it comes to drugs, to the point that the term “self-medicating” has become the taboo par excellence in the modern age. But let’s remember that the disdain that modern doctors hold for “self-medicating” can be explained by more than just their concerns about patient health: after all, a doctor’s bottom line is impacted precisely to the extent that their potential patients choose to “self-medicate.” Little wonder then that doctors seek to characterize such patient initiative as medical heresy.

The inconvenient truth is that the non-medical world, with its many psychoactive substances, has far more effective cures for my depression than does the medical world with its beard-stroking doctors (especially if I have at least one botanically minded spiritual guide to aid me in my quest for self-improvement). I therefore would consider self-medication to be the rational choice for treating what ails me, were it not for the fact that the DEA is waiting to arrest me should I have the gall to improve my life outside the healthcare system with the mere help of Mother Nature. But let’s remember that, in arresting me, the DEA is just following the medical profession’s taboo to its logical conclusion: they are essentially arresting me for self-medicating. In this way the DEA is really just the enforcement arm of the American medical establishment. The two are in cahoots. They are both working to disempower the American people when it comes to healthcare.

Casting a ballot is an important act, emblematic of our role as citizens. But eating and drinking are much more important acts. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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January 29, 2019

Busted for Drug Possession? Declare Yourself a Political Prisoner



If I ever get busted for the possession of a natural psychoactive substance (such as mushrooms, marijuana, peyote, etc.), I am going to declare myself a political prisoner, using a form that reads something like the following:

I, ______, believe that the medicinal gifts of Mother Nature are the birth right of every citizen and that no government can deprive me of them justly.

I also believe that Mother Nature’s medicines can improve my mental life, by granting me more patience, optimism, tolerance, creativity, and expanding my mind. I therefore conclude that the U.S. government is depriving me of the pursuit of happiness when it forbids me to access Mother Nature’s medicinal bounty.

For these reasons, I hereby protest my arrest for possessing and using the bounty of Mother Nature and I wish it to be understood that I consider myself a political prisoner of the U.S. justice system, since it is seeking to deny me access to the medicinal cures that Mother Nature has provided to all humanity as a birth right.

I believe that Mother Nature never made any criminal plants and no government has the right to insist otherwise.

Signed…

_____, Political Prisoner of the U.S. Justice System

Why bother doing this?

Think what would happen if everyone busted for drug possession (at least of natural products such as marijuana, ayahuasca, peyote, etc.) were to demand status as a political prisoner under the exact same terms as above: namely, that government cannot justly criminalize the bounty of Mother Nature and that to do so denies its citizens “the pursuit of happiness.” Suddenly, we’d have an effective PR pushback campaign against the know-nothing “lock-‘em-up” mindset of the Drug Warriors.

DISCLAIMER You have to choose your own battles, of course. I can honestly make the above declaration because I'm a 60-year-old fogey and I consider it unlikely that I will ever be nabbed for illegal drug use since I am cowardly waiting for laws to change before I reclaim my birthright to Mother Nature's bounty. However if I were arrested, it would be such a devastating U-turn in my life that I'd definitely want to go out swinging, telling the world at every turn what an injustice had been done me (and, by extension, the millions who were being persecuted like me). This would give at least some meaning to what would otherwise be an absurd ending to my life.

Young people, however -- unless you're the Mahatma Gandhi of drug policy -- may wish to wait until someone has the forethought to set up a legally-vetted nationwide program whereby every newly nabbed "drug offender" can advisedly appeal to the above-mentioned objections at the same time, so that it won't be literally "you against the world" when you stand before a judge making your claims regarding political oppression. Instead, it will be a national movement. That's what I envision and hope for. No suicide missions, just coordinated national change.

*Note: As we all know, quibbling is an art form on Reddit. Case in point: One Professional Quibbler insisted that the term "political prisoner" is not defined in the way that I imply above. My response: In the English language, words are defined by how we use them, not by a board of academics (or of quibblers, for that matter). When I use the term "political prisoner," I mean simply that the drug offender is a prisoner merely because they do not share the politics of the government, which currently holds that Mother Nature is off-limits to individuals for the purposes of healing. It's not how we normally use the term, but that does not mean it's wrong -- except in the minds of critics who, finding themselves unable to address an author's main argument, decide to nitpick instead in an attempt to discredit him.

How many people know that hemp, coca, and the opium poppy are ordinary plants, understand how they became transformed into dreaded 'dangerous drugs,' and realize that in losing our rights to them we have surrendered some of our most basic rights to property? -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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January 28, 2019

How American Drug Laws Violate the U.S. Constitution



There are three unalienable rights in the U.S. Constitution. They are: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When the U.S. Congress outlaws natural plants, they are denying me the third of these rights, namely the pursuit of happiness.

After all, what is happiness? It is not cars, it is not boats, it is not houses, it is not money.

Happiness, rather, is that positive attitude whereby human beings are able to enjoy all those things and more – true happiness, it is said, can even help us do without any of those things.

Therefore, the pursuit of happiness necessarily involves attaining that positive attitude, and since Mother Nature provides natural substances that can help us achieve this end, it is literally unconstitutional for Congress to deny Americans such medicine. We have life and liberty, perhaps, but we are only able to pursue happiness to the extent and in the way that Congress wants us to.

So, for instance, if I have a pessimistic attitude, I am expected to become a ward of the medical state by visiting a doctor who will catechize me about my symptoms and prescribe me an addictive, expensive and government-approved antidepressant that I will be told to take for the rest of my life.

But I must never think of reaching out and grasping the therapeutic bounty that Mother Nature can place right in front of me, because Congress says that I can only pursue happiness in the narrow way that they have defined that term.

In practice then, Americans have no right to pursue happiness today, and we will not reclaim that right until our society renounces its puritanical efforts to fight vice by criminalizing Mother Nature's bounty.

We might start with a law stating what should be obvious in a democracy: that it is unlawful to criminalize a plant or fungus, since they are the handiwork of Mother Nature and as such are the botanical birth right of every human being on the planet.

Q: What has three letters and ruins the lives of people who want to maximize their potential using time-honored natural plants?

A: The DEA.

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January 26, 2019

Taking Back America's Right to Drugs One State at a Time



Obama’s former drug policy advisor Kevin Sabet deplores the legalization of drugs via ballot box initiative, claiming that drug legalization should be based on hard science and not on public plebiscite.

He forgets that Americans’ right to drugs was not taken away from them by hard science but rather by what Thomas Szasz called “chemical statism” fostered by puritans and fans of Big Government, both of whom insisted that private citizens could not rationally choose for themselves when it came to medications for what ailed them.

But there was no “drug crisis” in America back in 1900 when all drugs could be purchased legally. The “drug crisis” was fabricated by bigoted paternalism (with the help of sensational but misleading journalism), first in the guise of laws to protect us from false advertising, and finally via laws that prevented us from purchasing almost any effective medicine for ourselves except with a doctor’s prescription – and even the doctor was to be limited to prescribing only those drugs that the paternalistic politicians (not the scientists) considered to be safe.

Conclusion: Our right to drugs was taken from us by politicians, not scientists; it is therefore fitting that we should use political means, such as ballot box initiatives, to regain those lost rights.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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January 25, 2019

Drug War Tyranny



I have no doubt that the occasional use of opium and psychedelics would improve my life, make me a better person, help me enjoy nature and art, and encourage me to help others. It would also entirely obviate my need to visit a psychiatrist and I would no longer need to use their expensive and addictive drugs for my entire lifetime, as they now insist.

But if I act on this knowledge, guess what happens? The U.S. government claims the right to lock me in prison, throw away the key, and even confiscate all my personal property. In other words, I’d be better off murdering someone than to ingest the substances of my choice.

Before you start thinking “Serves you right,” guess what, my friend? You yourself could have YOUR house confiscated too if, unbeknownst to you, I happened to carry some of my “illegal substances” into YOUR house. That’s the way the drug war works: It “gets tough” on Americans and the Constitution be damned.

This is outright tyranny. It’s a tyranny that will remain in force until Americans take back their right to consume the substances of their choice, a right that they had until the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914.

What You Can Do:

Write your representatives and demand:

1) An end to the Drug War
2) The abolition of the DEA
3) The decriminalization of all drugs
4) The trial of top-ranking DEA officials who have impeded drug therapy for 50 years now by lying about drug effects in their politically motivated “scheduling” system
5) The end of “drug schedules,” especially those that are created by an agency like the DEA, which has a vested interest in maintaining Draconian drug laws


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January 24, 2019

The real reason for depression in America



The real reason for depression in America is the U.S. drug war.

If someone like myself had been depressed just over a century ago, they could have occasionally used opium to take the edge off of life and see beyond their problems and thus get a little perspective on their place in the world. Problem solved. No morose brooding. The sadsack in question would have had a little “somethin’ somethin’” to look forward to in their life: namely, the blissful mental relief provided by a medicinal dose of opium.

But this was before puritans (like William Jennings Bryant) and anti-Asians (like Francis Burton Harrison) decided that Americans didn’t have the right to use natural plants just any way they saw fit. Thus a crackdown was launched on opium with the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, and America (and, alas, the entire copycat world) began the age of the illegal plant, an era in which Mother Nature is viewed as a dangerous drug kingpin rather than a provider of useful medicines to humankind.

Needless to say, the situation for the depressed only got worse during the presidency of know-nothing Richard Nixon, who further criminalized Mother Nature in order to prevent the use of pretty much all psychoactive substances by Americans, thus shoring up psychiatry’s monopoly on treating depression, forcing the depressed to seek second-best solutions for their ills by using “meds” that were to prove more expensive and addictive than the natural bounty that politicians had rendered illegal.

So, please, let’s not profess surprise at the epidemic of depression in America. After all, the truly effective treatments for this so-called “disease” have all been taken away from Americans by a busybody passel of puritans, politicians, and profiteers. It’s no wonder then that depression reigns now.

If we want to get rid of depression, the first step is obvious: end the war on drugs.

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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January 19, 2019

Fabricate at Will: editors give journalists free rein to lie about psychedelics



If you’ve ever wondered why Americans are so biased against psychedelic medicine, you have only to read the latest mini-article by Jennifer Velez in Grammy.com entitled “A$AP Rocky:Hip-Hop is Oversaturated with Overdose.” Although the author makes no explicit claims about the dangers of LSD, the poorly worded artist close-up falsely implies that LSD is both addictive and causes overdoses.

In fact, Velez comes out covertly swinging against the drug in the short article’s very first sentence:

The rapper, who has been open about doing LSD in his music, says he has been sober since the New Year.

“Sober?” This statement implies that Rocky was at one time addicted to LSD, in the same way that one might be addicted to amphetamines. This would be surprising, indeed, given the fact that psychedelics simply do not cause physiological addiction. Moreover, the excessive “recreational” use of LSD would be a vain endeavor in any case since irresponsible users develop a short-term tolerance for the drug that would increasingly minimize the psychedelic effects that they could glean from the substance.

Having thus libeled LSD as addictive, Velez goes on to suggest that it causes overdoses as well:

The topic [LSD] came up after he spoke about the late rapper A$AP Yam, who died of an overdose in 2015.

Although she never specifically says that she’s referring to an LSD overdose, the reporter clearly gives that impression since LSD is the only illegal drug that she mentions in this lazily worded hatchet job. Of course, the New York Medical Examiner concluded that Yam died of an overdose of a wide variety of substances, including opiates and benzodiazepines, but apparently the names of all illegally acquired drugs may be used synonymously according to the pro-Drug War writing guidelines of Grammy.com.

CONCLUSION

I used to think that editors required their reporters to research the topics on which they wrote, but this is clearly not the case when it comes to psychedelics and drugs in general. On that topic, most reporters feel free to impute any evil that they can imagine to a substance provided that the substance in question is illegal. The resulting sensationalism sells papers after all.

But all the knee-jerk hyperbole and lies about these substances has a real-world effect: it scares away research money for psychedelic therapy and slows the already glacial bureaucratic process of getting government permission to investigate psychedelic substances. The end result of this sloppy journalism is to increase human suffering by denying desperately needed new medicines to a wide range of patients: including alcoholics, victims of PTSD, and the terminally ill.

And so I end with an appeal to the editor of Grammy.com: please consider the welfare of the latter group before publishing any more assumption-laden articles by a pharmacologically challenged reporter. Of course, if a vocal artist ever DOES achieve the nearly impossible task of OD’ing on LSD, by all means, let us know. But until then, please stop falsely implying that psychedelics are the root of all evil.

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January 17, 2019

The Award for most biased reporting on psychedelic drugs in an online newspaper goes to…



The Award for most biased reporting on psychedelic drugs in an online newspaper goes to…



“The Nation: Thailand Portal” for its woefully misinformed comments about LSD in its January 19, 2019 story entitled:

Doctors warn trippers of severe danger of using LSD-laden ‘deadly stamps’, in which a German drug dealer is arrested for selling LSD on the Thai island of Pha-Ngan.

The story would be bad enough if it reflected merely the psycho-pharmacological ignorance of a reporter (who, in any case, received no byline for the article and so cannot be properly chastised for his or her ignorance on this topic). But the sad truth is that the misinformation contained therein appears to come directly from some of the top doctors in Thailand. It is the director-general of Thailand’s so-called Medical Science Department, one Somsak Akkslip, who melodramatically refers to the apparently untainted LSD in the story as a “deadly drug.”

Deadly drug? Is Dr Akkslip unaware of the fact that LSD is one of the least toxic substances on the planet, according to no less an authority than David Nichols, PhD, who is possibly the world’s foremost authority on the pharmacology of psychedelics? Does Somsak realize that, far from being deadly, LSD is bringing new life to the anxious, the depressed, and even career alcoholics?

Not to be outdone in demonstrating his own unfamiliarity with the subject matter, the director of the Public Health Ministry’s Drug Abuse Treatment Center, one Sarawut Boonchaipanichwattana, piles on with some unsubstantiated psychedelic-bashing of his own. In so doing, he single-handedly revives nearly all of the politically-motivated stereotypes of the ‘60s, assuring the reader that LSD can lead to “psychiatric disorders, depression, paranoia and hallucination long after users stop taking the substance.”

Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again.

Far from causing psychological problems, LSD is showing great potential for resolving them (as has been shown in the work of such psychedelic researchers as Amanda Feilding, Stanislav Grof, and James Fadiman).

Of course, one can haul out anecdotal cases in which any given drug has caused any given problem, but the overall safety record of responsibly used LSD is unimpeachable. To quote the above-mentioned Dr. Nichols from a 2011 interview with Dr. Richard Miller:

Under proper medical supervision, the safety of LSD [is] really not an issue. When used in a proper and appropriate medical context, the incidence of adverse effects is very small. (in Psychedelic Medicine, 2017, by Richard Louis Miller)

My fear is that this drug-related ignorance on the part of the Thai medical leadership is a kind of strategic amnesia. After all, the country is currently ruled by a military junta, and to such leaders a Drug War is a good thing. It gives the government carte blanche to kick in doors at will, thereby thinly disguising their attacks on civilians as part of a pious struggle against the hydra-headed problem of drug abuse. To downplay the dangers of illicit drugs in such a country is to weaken the power of the ruling junta and thereby risk shortening one’s career, if not one’s life. And so the safest thing for the medical professional to do might be to parrot the party line about illegal drugs -- or in other words to mimic the same ignorance and bigotry displayed by American politicians half a century ago when Nixon set a terrible and fascist precedent by creating the door-busting DEA.

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A: The DEA.

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January 16, 2019

India Shocked by LSD (but not awed by it)



By dutifully following the fascist lead of America’s War on Drugs, Indians have allowed themselves to be puritanically shocked by LSD without being psychologically awed by its vast therapeutic potential. The latest case in point: this campus news article and “editor’s pick” from the “Education Medical Dialogues,” the self-described “voice of the medical profession,” in which reporter Shagufta Perween professes shock that a 27-year-old medical student would have anything to do with “deadly drugs.”

I was shocked myself by Perween’s shock (since I figured that a medical reporter would think twice before parroting the ignorant party line about potentially therapeutic substances) and so I responded with the following posted comment:

The only shocking thing is that police around the world are still following the ignorant and bigoted drug policy of U.S. president Richard Nixon, who knew absolutely nothing about psychedelic drugs except that he hated the people who used them -- because they would not fight in the Vietnam War. These drugs help expand the mind and give access to higher consciousness. They not only promote tolerance and love in the user, but they are showing great promise in alleviating mental illness without inducing the life-long drug-dependence associated with legal drugs such as SSRI antidepressants.

It's bad enough when governments tell their citizens WHAT to think, but by cracking down on psychedelics, governments are telling their citizens HOW they can think and HOW MUCH. That is, indeed, shocking because it is the ultimate form of fascism.


*Note: I'd better state the obvious here since anything an author does NOT say on Reddit can and will be used against him in the court of public opinion. Please know, then, that I am not suggesting that Indian medicine IN GENERAL is behind the times when it comes to modern medicine, let alone the potential for psychedelic therapy. I merely offer this Indian example of bureaucratically entrenched ignorance in the same spirit that I offer American examples of the same: to demonstrate the outdated attitudes that forward-thinking persons must fight in promoting a new paradigm for improving mental health and well-being.

How many people know that hemp, coca, and the opium poppy are ordinary plants, understand how they became transformed into dreaded 'dangerous drugs,' and realize that in losing our rights to them we have surrendered some of our most basic rights to property? -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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January 13, 2019

Screw You, Francis Burton Harrison



Before the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, American citizens could manage their own pain. They could make life livable with the occasional use of opium during their "down time." (Imagine that: no geriatric wards need be full of moaning seniors!) This allowed the user to make their peace with life by occasionally seeing past their own limiting mental constructs (what we today call the "default mode network") and then come back to "life" mentally refreshed and with the will and perspective to carry on. Nor did opium require increased doses over time to maintain this invigorating effect, nor were there negative physiological effects associated with the daily use of these drugs. At worst, the drug created habituation in daily users (what we now moralistically call "addiction"), but even this addiction could be conquered in one agonizing week -- one week -- whereas it is almost impossible to withdraw from many popular SSRIs (as can be clearly seen by reading addict testimony after searching the words "withdrawal" and Effexor" on Google).

After the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, American citizens could no longer manage their own pain. Instead, they had to make regular expensive pilgrimages to the doctors, where they were prescribed far more dangerous drugs than opium, drugs that were more addictive and brought no pleasant dreams by way of compensation, but rather worked to essentially tranquilize the patient into blandly accepting the status quo. Typically these drugs had to be increased over time to maintain efficacy. Nor have they ever been studied for long-term negative effects, meaning today's patients are essentially guinea pigs: guinea pigs in a test trial that is failing, given the fact that many veteran users of these "silver bullets" are reporting increased depression over time as well as an increasing unhappiness with the emotional flat-lining that is associated with daily use of SSRIs.

There is ample evidence that the Harrison Narcotics Act was a racist political stratagem directed at Asians. But even if we assume that the act was a high-minded attempt to fight addiction, consider the actual outcome:

There are more addicts in America than ever after 1914: it's just that now the addiction is being managed by the American Psychiatric Association and the pharmaceutical industry.

Patients are now worse off than ever -- not only have we deprived them of blissful occasional relief from their pain and sorrows, but we have made them wards of the state, forcing them to visit health-care clinics for a lifetime to ask permission for the relief that was theirs by right just over a hundred years ago -- to pay through the nose for medications that are less effective and far more addictive than opium ever was.

Speaking of which, if anyone manages to conjure Francis Burton Harrison via Ouija board, give him a message for me, would you? Tell him I said, "Thanks for nothing!!!"

How many people know that hemp, coca, and the opium poppy are ordinary plants, understand how they became transformed into dreaded 'dangerous drugs,' and realize that in losing our rights to them we have surrendered some of our most basic rights to property? -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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January 12, 2019

Colorado plane crash caused by milk!



Just watched an episode of Air Disasters in which two pilots flew their small passenger jet into the ground in final approach to the Durango, Colorado airport. The cause of the crash? Well, if the show's narrator is to be believed, it was cocaine.

It turns out the pilot had been up late the night before the accident, at which time he was partying with a girlfriend and "doing" cocaine -- a scene that the documentary luridly re-creates with blurred video and leering conspiratorial visages.

But was the accident really caused by cocaine?

Of course not. Had the pilot been drinking the night before, it would not have been caused by alcohol either.

The crash was caused by the pilot's lack of sleep, which was in turn caused by the pilot's irresponsible decision to stay up all night partying.

But given the sloppy thinking of the Drug War mentality, the show's writers feel justified in concluding that cocaine caused the plane crash.

This is a problem, because it tends to justify the War on Drugs. After all, if cocaine causes planes to drop out of the sky, shouldn't we ban it?

The DEA hierarchy must be smiling every time they watch such a documentary, because they know that their jobs are safe for another generation, as Americans continue to be influenced by the logically challenged conclusions of Drug Warrior America.

Of course, we might as well conclude that the plane crash was caused by milk, since it's likely that the pilot imbibed that notorious indigestion-causing substance on the very day of the accident!

But then the National Dairy Association would never let that happen. They're far too savvy when it comes to PR. Remember when it was discovered that 30% of milk drinkers experienced gastrointestinal problems when consuming that beverage? The product wasn't exactly pulled from the shelves, was it? Instead, the Dairy Association successfully blamed the problem on the milk drinkers themselves, insisting that they were lactose intolerant and that the product itself was just fine, thank you very much. Of course, if I put out a product that sickened 30% of my customers, I'd be hauled off to jail -- but not so the Dairy Association.

This may sound off-topic but it shows that who we blame for our country's ills often depends far more on politics than on a rational evaluation of the facts at hands, and nowhere is this more true than in the case of Richard Nixon's bigoted, know-nothing drug war.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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January 9, 2019

The Racist and Political War on Drugs



President Obama said the war on drugs was a failure -- but he doesn't go far enough. The fact is that the war on drugs never had a RIGHT to succeed because the drug laws in the United States have always been motivated by racist and political hysteria, disguised by a thin veneer of concern about the "welfare" of the American people. Thus marijuana was criminalized by stoking fears about Mexicans, opium was criminalized by stoking fears about Asians, and crack cocaine was demonized by stoking fears about African-Americans.

But let's be honest: if the U.S. government had been truly worried about the health of the American people, it never would have launched a war on drugs in the first place: it would have launched a war on guns instead. But, of course, that would never happen. Why? Because the bigoted, hypocritical and scientifically ignorant politicians behind America's fascist drug war have a fetish about gun ownership, whereby they scream bloody murder if they can't anonymously buy all the machine-guns they want at 7-Eleven 24 hours a day.

And so the violence of the Drug War is a brutal American-generated game of good guys and bad guys, with the politicians corruptly determining who gets to wear the white hat on the basis of ignorance and sheer bigotry.

Worst of all, Americans have bought this lie hook, line and sinker.

Not only have we signed off completely on blatantly unconstitutional drug testing of anyone and everyone who wants a job, but we dutifully line up to watch butt-kicking movies about DEA agents in South America kicking down doors and shooting suspects at will. But not to worry: we can just call the bad guys "scumbags" and thus ease our consciences about mowing them down unconstitutionally.

Of course, such movies are usually set in South America since we Americans still don't like to think of law enforcement acting like Nazi storm troopers here in the States (even though we know that they do). Let them kick butt in Colombia, where we can still plausibly think of the Drug War's custom-created bad guys as less than human.

And finally, even when it's not blatantly bigoted, the Drug War is all about the anti-scientific notion that Americans have no right to control their own minds and their own pain by using natural plants. This is as fascistic as you can possibly get. It's bad enough when the government tells you what you can think, but it's even worse when the government tells you HOW you can think and HOW MUCH. And this is what the government does when it forbids your access to pain-treating and mind-expanding plants.

And why? Because in the puritanically perverse mind of America's Drug Warriors Mother Nature is a Drug Kingpin par excellence, not a bestower of natural medical wonders for the many ailments of humankind. If we want medicines, we dare not harvest it from Mother Nature herself (that's a crime!): we're required instead to get our medicines in a diluted and typically addictive formulation from Big Pharma, thus boosting the profits of pharmaceutical stocks owned by the Drug Warriors themselves.

My fear is that the Drug War is succeeding -- because that means that Americans have agreed to give up their rights to Mother Nature's bounty -- and to stop caring about the rights of minorities and foreigners, whom we now feel free to demonize as scumbags for violating bigoted and anti-scientific drug laws that never should have been written in the first place.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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January 7, 2019

Fallon of the DEA





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A: The DEA.

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January 3, 2019

Why Ballot Box Initiatives Make Perfect Sense Given America's War on Drugs



In an article on the Oregon Public Broadcasting website (Psychedelic Mushroom Supporters Push For Oregon Legalization — With Caveats), Obama’s former drug policy director says that psilocybin should not be made legal via the ballot box.

“Medicine is not up for a popular vote,” says Kevin Sabet, “it should be subject to the rigors of science.”

In a perfect world, Sabet might be right, but America’s current drug laws are about as far from perfect as they can be. Under the influence of Richard Nixon, the DEA has brazenly lied about psychedelics now for almost 50 years, placing them under the uber-restrictive schedule I category based on the false and unscientific claims that such medicines are addictive and have no therapeutic potential. Given this outrageous state of affairs – in which millions have been denied therapy thanks to lies – it makes perfect democratic sense that citizens would fight back. Sabet should be proud, not disappointed, that this fight is taking place at the ballot box, because if Americans fully grasped the extent of the injustice here, this fight might well be taking place in the streets.

If Kevin Sabet really wanted drugs evaluated according to “the rigors of science,” he would not be fretting over ballot box initiatives which attempt to remedy this vast injustice by the only means that seems to work; instead, he would be using his political clout to abolish the DEA, which has been “scheduling” drugs for half a century now based totally on political calculations rather than on scientific ones (thereby giving the door-kicking agency a full fascistic workload for decades to come). As part of this crack down on the DEA, Sabet would call for the public trial of those DEA officials who have knowingly promoted these lies over the years and thus contributed to the suffering of untold numbers of Americans, all of whom have been denied valuable medications on the basis of anti-scientific lies.

Q: Who barged on to Jefferson's Monticello and destroyed Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants? 1) The Mob 2) Juvenile delinquents 3) Terrorists 4) The DEA

A: The DEA

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December 29, 2018

Abolish the DEA



The drug scheduling system is a scam. It rates drugs by their political danger to the establishment, not by their danger to users. If we need to schedule drugs at all, it should be done by impartial scientists, not by the DEA, which has a conflict of interest in making such determinations. The DEA exists to punish drug offenses. Their jobs depend on keeping drugs illegal. What interest do they have in making drugs easier to obtain? They've had almost 50 years now to "lighten up" on psychedelics and have refused to do so.

The DEA should be abolished. Its top officials should be hauled into court for knowingly scheduling psychedelics and other substances on the basis of lies and thereby denying therapeutic medications to millions for the last half century. It should be part of a class action lawsuit, brought by the endless list of Americans who have led lives of quiet despair over the years unnecessarily thanks to Richard Nixon's creation of this jackbooted agency that blocks valid drug research and foments drug violence around the world.

Q: Who barged on to Jefferson's Monticello and destroyed Thomas Jefferson's poppy plants? 1) The Mob 2) Juvenile delinquents 3) Terrorists 4) The DEA

A: The DEA

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December 29, 2018

Drug Testing Fascism



Drug testing was brought to us by the same folks who started the anti-democratic drug war in the first place. It was a fascist attempt to silence liberal dissent about drug policy by ruining the economic lives of any Americans who dared to use nature's bounty to improve their own outlook on life.

The conservatives basically said this: "Fine, you want to disagree with us about drug policy, then we'll take away your ability to earn a living."

Before drug testing, the penalty for marijuana use in a given state might have been community service at most.

With drug testing, the penalty for marijuana use suddenly became economic ruin! Now the drug user could no longer get a job!

Talk about cruel and unusual punishment! We don't have such harsh penalties even for murderers who are out on parole.

Drug testing also relies on crazed premises.

There is no scientific case for concluding that a person is impaired merely because there is a trace of a given substance in their urine. (To the contrary, the US Air Force has insisted that its pilots actually be "on speed" during certain long-range missions.) And yet the discovery of the least trace of cocaine, opium, or marijuana in one's urine is taken to be positive proof that a worker is unable to perform a given job. (To grasp the insanity of this conclusion, imagine if we denied gainful employment to anyone who had drunk a beer in the last seven days, regardless of whether they were actually "inebriated" at the work place.)

When drug testing is used on commercial airline pilots, it may be about job safety; but when it's used on a teenage employee at the local super mart, it's about a nosy government attempting to enforce controversial laws by turning American businesses into Grand Inquisitors.

Finally, if submitting one's pee to complete strangers is not an invasion of privacy, then what is?

Casting a ballot is an important act, emblematic of our role as citizens. But eating and drinking are much more important acts. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas from the DEA



It’s been another exciting year of kicking down America’s front doors and growing the nation’s prison population with a whole new batch of freshly minted scumbags. Of course, we couldn’t do it without you. So let’s make a New Year’s resolution in 2019 to report any signs that you may see of Americans attempting to treat their own pain and neuroses with the help of Schedule I plants and fungi such as poppies, mushrooms and other psychedelics. With your help, we’ll be able to ruin these junkies' lives forever while teaching them a lesson about bypassing the capitalist healthcare system. (Humph! The very idea, securing drugs in such a way as to cut out the psychiatric middle man!)

Because remember: There’s no hope in dope, friends – unless, of course, the addictive substance in question has been prescribed by a board-certified psychiatrist!

Oh, and happy drug-free Hanukah, as well, yes? (and Kwanzaa, too!)

Signed,

Your Modern DEA: proudly quashing therapeutic drug research since 1973

Casting a ballot is an important act, emblematic of our role as citizens. But eating and drinking are much more important acts. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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December 22, 2018

Step Away from the Mushroom!



This is the city, Los Angeles California. A quiet town full of hard-working Americans who still know the meaning of the word “obey.” That said, there are always a few renegades who attempt to improve their lives through the unsanctioned use of natural substances such as poppies and mushrooms. That’s where I come in, guns a-blazin’. My name is Friday and I carry a Sig Sauer 556 Classic SWAT rifle with a 30-round magazine and laser sight.

Wednesday, June 21, 1 p.m.

FRIDAY: We had just gotten the call here at DEA HQ. It seems some octogenarian hippy from the north side was using psychoactive plants to improve her spiritual life. Claims she’s in a “blue funk” and wants to see behind the so-called “veil of Maya” before she dies.

I decided to pay grandma a visit, see if I could talk some sense into her – or better yet, catch her red-handed with the goodies and thus shut her away for life, lest young people everywhere should infer from her ongoing freedom that they too can use natural plants and fungus in just any way that they see fit. (Humph!) After all, it’s not like our Founding Fathers relied on anything more than grit and determination to make it in the world, blue funk or no blue funk.

FRANK: Say, Joe, didn’t Benjamin Franklin use opium?

FRIDAY: Just the propaganda, Frank. Just the propaganda.

1:35 p.m.

FRIDAY: I had pictured this aged flower child smoldering away in some dilapidated bungalow near the Los Angeles River Basin, annoying her low-class neighbors with the wreak of her oversized bong decorated with Amazonian rain gods. To my surprise, however, I encountered the surprisingly recherche crone in the midst of high-class respectability, in her very own 6-bedroom mansion on Ivarene Avenue in the Hollywood Hills, tastefully appointed with mid-century décor and modern art, complete with private bath, solarium and even a billiard room.

“Hubba-hubba, “ I says to Frank. “Crime seems to be paying here, huh, Frank? It’s about time that we put a stop to that – the more so in that this place could easily net 6 million dollars for law enforcement when it’s put up for auction after we throw old grandma into the hoosegow.”

So thinking, I addressed the beldame as follows:

FRIDAY: You do realize, ma’am, that it’s illegal to use plants and fungi as you see fit?

WOMAN: Oh, I’m sorry, I thought I lived in a free country.

FRIDAY: Not since the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914.

FRANK: Hey, she’s got a mushroom, Joe, just to her right!

FRIDAY: Step away from the mushroom, ma’am!

WOMAN: But—

FRIDAY: All right, you asked for it, Janis Joplin! Now I have to throw you on the ground and threaten you with immediate death if you so much as move an inch!

WOMAN: WHY?

FRIDAY: Because… Because… Oh, how the hell do I know: it’s just standard DEA procedure in these cases!

WOMAN: I was just trying to improve my mind!

FRIDAY: Yeah, ma’am, well, have you ever stopped to think what it would be like if EVERYBODY were to try to improve their mind like you?

WOMAN: Um… the world would be a better place?

FRIDAY: No! The world would be full of criminals!

FRANK: Well said, Joe.

[After the trio catch their breath…]

FRIDAY: You know what, Frank?

FRANK: What’s that, Joe?

FRIDAY: If everybody had her attitude, the world would be full of broken doors.

FRANK: How’s that, Joe?

FRIDAY: Because the DEA would be obliged to perform a traditional SWAT raid on every single house in America, kicking in doors as we go.

FRANK: Hey, not a bad idea: sounds like there’d be a lot of valuable overtime in that arrangement.

FRIDAY: You took the bullets right out of my SWAT gun, Frank.

[Frank and Friday chuckle as “Janis Joplin” is violently hauled off to the already-overcrowded federal penitentiary system behind the credit roll]

On October 29, trial was held in the district court of Los Angeles County.

The old crone was found guilty of conspiring to obtain Psilocybin mushrooms for the express purpose of improving her life. The Judge sentenced her to 25 years in the slammer, as a lesson to anyone who still thinks that Mother Nature's pharmacopoeia is actually open to the public. (Humph!)

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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December 19, 2018

The DEA: causing untold suffering since 1973



Richard Nixon's War on Drugs has ruined more lives than anyone has yet recognized. Besides the millions of prisoners languishing behind bars, there are the millions of depressed elderly who are denied happiness thanks to the fact that politics, not science, determines what drugs we can use. The drugs prescribed today for anxiety are far more habit-forming than opium. Moreover, opium use does not require dosage increases over time -- and it becomes addictive only when used on a daily basis. Yet the fascist bureaucrats of the DEA are determined to keep pain control out of the hands of mere citizens, so they ignore the science and crack down on those who dare to treat their own suffering. In short, they keep drugs like opium on schedule I to keep us coming back to the board-certified doctors for our addictive meds that enrich the bottom line of faceless corporations.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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December 16, 2018

Partnership for a Brain-Free Virginia



Reasons that I get infuriated when I think about “drug-free” proselytizers such as “Drug Free Virginia”:

1) Members of these groups drink alcohol and/or coffee. To be consistent, they should be denouncing both substances as addictive.

2) They exaggerate the addictive potential of illegal drugs while totally ignoring (or even denying) the addictive potential of legal drugs, especially SSRIs and benzodiazepines.

3) They champion laws that empower a police state in America and narcotics syndicates overseas.

4) The policies they support have forced me “on” to addictive drugs (namely SSRIs) as the only available psychiatric treatments for depression, while denying me the strategic use of less addictive and far more effective substances such as opium (which, despite the drug-war bluster, is a far less addictive substance than Effexor).

5) They keep me from living a fulfilled life by piously insisting against all evidence that people don’t need drugs – which, of course, they don’t even MEAN in light of the caveats stated above. What they mean is: people don’t need substances whose purchase doesn’t enrich corporate America.

6) Their anti-drug propaganda creates the mindset that allows for highly invasive drug-testing for jobs like burger slingers and cashiers, which, besides being an affront to the U.S. Constitution, is a fascist ploy to keep down dissent. Why? Because it threatens those who don’t toe the party line about drugs with the wildly disproportionate punishment of joblessness.

7) The outlook of these drug warriors is based on a tacit philosophical-religious assumption, namely that there exists a moral reason why human beings who suffer should not freely reach out to Mother Nature and its plants and fungi in order to find cures for their ailments. I do not hold that assumption and it is religious intolerance in action when I am forced to live in suffering thanks to the highly debatable moral tenets of others.

8) They have no understanding of the power and potential of human consciousness and therefore feel free to stand in the way of its perfection in others. In this way, they are like a misguided Mr. Magoo who prevents his offspring from visiting the eye doctor on the grounds that: “If God had wanted us to have better vision, we would have been born with glasses!”

How many people know that hemp, coca, and the opium poppy are ordinary plants, understand how they became transformed into dreaded 'dangerous drugs,' and realize that in losing our rights to them we have surrendered some of our most basic rights to property? -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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December 15, 2018

DEA listed as Schedule I agency



The DEA has just been listed as a Schedule I agency. This rating means that the organization has no valid reason for existing and that it has the potential for causing harm to individuals who come into contact with it. The ranking is based on the DEA’s promotion of a police state in North America and its work in fomenting war in South America through its Quixotic plan to render plants illegal. Side effects of tolerating the DEA include government interference in medicinal research. The DEA has also been found to limit your ability to know yourself through the mind-expanding power of shamanic medicines. In some cases, these side effects may even include lengthy prison sentences, as this agency has been known to lock you up for years merely because you attempted to find a non-addictive medicinal alternative to the mind-numbing addictive drugs of modern psychiatry. Long-term support for the DEA has been shown to lead to senselessly ruined lives and overcrowded prisons, resulting in a vast waste of human potential. Continued acceptance of this agency can even render Democratic populations complacent to creeping fascism.

This Schedule I listing will remain in effect until the DEA is discarded, along with the paranoid and ignorant mind set of its fascist founder: Richard M. Nixon.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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December 15, 2018

Initiative 12 isn't premature; it's 50 years too late



The Corvallis Gazette-Times recently published an editorial stating that the Initiative to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in Oregon was “premature.” This came as shocking news to those of us who have already been waiting FIFTY YEARS for the privilege of using this sort of medicine to treat our depression, especially since that waiting period wasn’t put in effect by a board of impartial scientists but rather by his royal highness, Richard M. Nixon, in his attempt to crack down on dissent during the Vietnam War.

So I submitted the following “letter to the editor” to the Gazette-Times, hoping to reassure its editorial staff that their fear is misplaced.

Regarding Initiative 12: it is 50 years too LATE. In your calculus of worry, be sure to include the fact that the Drug War has deprived wounded soldiers, alcoholics and depressed patients of powerful medicine for half a century, and on the basis of a lie, namely that psychedelics are addictive (wrong) and that they have no therapeutic value (wrong again). When evaluating potential harm, please consider the vicious anti-democratic drug cartels that the war on these drugs has empowered. Look at the overall picture, and you will see that the legal suppression of psychiatric medicines is causing a bloodbath even as we speak. Remember that psychedelics were a valuable legal medicine in the 1950s, acclaimed for curing alcoholics and reaching otherwise unreachable psychiatric patients. It was only thanks to Richard Nixon's war on hippies that we came to see these substances as evil. Whatever the Initiative’s negative impact, it can only be far below the abject desolation caused by Richard Nixon’s Drug War, which has turned America into a prison camp and fostered torture and chaos in South America. If you want to worry about something, worry about the collateral damage that the Drug War has been wreaking now for half a century by rendering therapeutic medicines illegal. It’s about time that Americans worried about that.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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December 14, 2018

My Drug War Alternative



Given that it's long since time to end Richard Nixon's bigoted and ignorant war on drugs, here is an easy four-step process for replacing it with a sane and humane alternative.

1) Make possession of all illegal drugs a misdemeanor. As Portugal did successfully over 15 years ago

2) Make most currently illegal drugs available via prescription. Opium, psychedelics, MDMA, etc.

3) Change the psychiatric project from "curing" so-called mental illness to treating its symptoms. (see below)

4) Rewrite the pros and cons of illegal drugs -- from a scientific rather than a political point of view.

The rationale for point number three is philosophical in nature and follows below for those who are interested.

The current psychiatric goal is to find a silver bullet for mental illness. This has led psychiatry racing toward a disastrous dead end, for their patients and for psychiatry as a profession. Psychiatry is literally running out of ideas.

Take me, for instance. As a chronically depressed patient for the last 25 years, psychiatry now has literally nothing to offer me except inadequate and ultimately mind-muddling SSRIs, and specifically the highly addictive Effexor. Out of the vast pharmacopeia on Planet Earth, this is all that psychiatry can offer me: one drug: Effexor.

Why? Because in its attempt to appear "scientific," psychiatry has insisted for the last 50+ years on curing a supposed illness rather than making a patient feel better. Meanwhile they've launched a full-court PR press with Big Pharma money to claim, falsely, that SSRIs correct a chemical imbalance in the brains of depressed patients. Although author Robert Whitaker has demonstrated this claim to be false, we have to ask ourselves: even if this WERE true, how come folks like myself are more depressed now than they were 25 years ago when they first began their SSRI use?

Meanwhile, why is psychiatry so dismissive of drugs like opium and MDMA? These substances, after all, have a clear track record of making users feel better when used wisely. In the past, I would have said that psychiatry does not want me to get addicted to such drugs and is therefore refraining to use them in a therapeutic setting, but this is clearly not the case, since Effexor is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet, notwithstanding psychiatry's condescending newspeak in which they talk about "maintenance therapy" instead of "addiction" when it comes to SSRIs. If psychiatry has no scruples about addicting me to Effexor, why are they so squeamish about the mere possibility of addicting me to opium?

Of course, the psychiatrist would say that such drugs only make me feel good by treating symptoms. But so what? It is precisely by thus feeling good that I thrive and find meaning in my life-- which in turn IS treating my depression in real-time.

But again, psychiatry's goal is NOT to make me feel good. (We might well guess this fact in light of the irrational knee-jerk revulsion that psychiatrists express for the so-called "Dr. Feelgoods" of the world.) Psychiatry cum science is dedicated instead to treating depressed human beings as chemical agglomerations in need of some rationally derivable chemical fix. So while I'm moaning in a corner, they're looking in their microscopes muttering:

"No, Brian, SSRIs are the logical way to cure you. If you still feel poorly after taking these scientific nostrums of ours, then, how can I put this: your emotions are simply making a mistake -- don't ask me how."

But once we've convinced psychiatry to see the patient as a person again, we still need to clarify our muddle-headed thinking about illegal drugs. We have been bamboozled by 50 years of politically-inspired trash talk about the various chemical substances in question here.

Mention the word "opium," for instance, and we think of drug dens and suspicious-looking Asians. But when looked at unemotionally, without the baggage of the drug war mentality, we discover that opium is LESS addictive than most SSRIs -- and that addiction can be avoided entirely merely by avoiding daily usage of opium for more than a few days at a time. (Who knew? We were too busy feeling the obligatory disgust for opium that we never bothered to check!) Nor is there evidence of long-term physiological damage from the continued use of opium. Even should addiction intervene, for all its horrors, it can be overcome far more quickly than an addiction to SSRIs (days versus months or years).

Yet the drug war mentality says: "OPIUM??? AWFUL!!!" It's simply a non-starter in a therapeutic setting.

Of course, in a sane world, the psychiatrist would be able to prescribe opium to his or her depressed patient. But to repeat: psychiatry today is not about making the patient feel good: it's about correcting supposed chemical imbalances, since only by pursuing such an approach can the psychiatrist feel themselves to be as "scientific" (read "materialistic") as their big brother sciences such as Physics and Chemistry.

Result: depressed patients like myself remain depressed in order to feed the ego and the pocket book of the psychiatrist.

RECAP of My Drug War Alternative

1) Make possession of all illegal drugs a misdemeanor.

2) Make most currently illegal drugs available via prescription.

3) Change the psychiatric project from "curing" so-called mental illness to treating its symptoms.

4) Rewrite the pros and cons of illegal drugs -- from a scientific rather than a political point of view.

*for more politically incorrect information about opium, see Jim Hogshire's courageous book entitled "Opium for the Masses"

The constraints on the power of the federal government, as laid down in the constitution, have been eroded by a monopolistic medical profession administering a system of prescription laws that have, in effect, removed most of the drugs people want from the free market. -'Our Right to Drugs', Thomas Szasz

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November 14, 2018

Notice of Scam



You may have heard discussion of a so-called DEA, or Drug Enforcement Agency, that was purportedly created to keep America safe from harmful drugs. Be warned: This agency is a scam. It claims to protect society while it is actually blocking research on valuable health therapies based on fear-mongering and lies.

This agency has been fighting tooth and nail to keep psychedelics on their so-called list of Schedule I drugs for almost 50 years now, meaning that those drugs cannot even be investigated for therapeutic potential, unless a researcher jumps through a circus full of hoops and risks the loss of their reputation in the scientific community, so great is the stigma that this agency has cultivated with respect to these potential therapeutic godsends.

Make no mistake: This "DEA" is a liar. It justifies its prohibition of psychedelics on the grounds that they are subject to abuse and have no probable therapeutic benefit, both of which claims are abject lies. Moreover, the very fact that the DEA "schedules" drugs is a clear conflict of interest, given the fact that the agency's job is to enforce drug laws, a workload that would decrease significantly were drugs to be scheduled rationally and without hysteria and lies.

If you come into contact with employees of this organization, do not attempt to confront them. They are armed to the teeth and will gladly ruin your life rather than renounce their anti-scientific plan to deprive you of powerful medicines. (Remember: their main job is to fill up U.S. prisons to the bursting point.) But if they challenge you, be sure to "lawyer up." This organization was created by Richard M. Nixon, after all, and as such is not going to be particularly interested in any rational arguments on your part.

And don't bother waxing philosophical with them about your right to control your own consciousness. Their response could very well be: "Hands on your head!" as they rough you up and stick the muzzle of an M4 carbine in the small of your back. Yes, this sounds like sheer fantasy in a free and open society, but have no illusions: this is actually how this so-called DEA works. Don't let the otherwise progressive trappings of modern Western society fool you! This DEA racket will gladly ruin your life one way or another: either by depriving you of crucial medications via bogus scheduling protocols or by imprisoning you for life should you seek to obtain such substances on your own.

Q: Who is responsible for the 24/7 moaning of millions of elderly Americans in nursing homes?

A: The DEA and the Drug War, based on the mind set that outlawed opium in 1914, so that now only outlaws have opium. The depressed elderly must make do with psychiatry's highly addictive and less helpful drug alternatives. Scientific materialists are terrified lest they give the elderly good dreams for a change. (Humph! How very unscientific. Let them suffer instead!)

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