“Mushroom” study at Johns Hopkins
I debated whether to post this article but obviously I decided to.
There is very real evidence that many of the drugs that have been demonized in years past, particularly psychedelics, have tremendous potential for alleviating human suffering. Many of these same very powerful drugs of course have great potential for abuse and harm also. But because of bureaucratic stupidity mixed with the innate American tendency toward Puritanism progress in researching these substances has been hindered unnecessarily.
Good that this guy works with Theil. Not so good that he has Bush administration ties.
It’s OK. Life will still go on in a world where pot is totally legal. Business will be done. People will still go to church. Families will still gather for dinner. It will be OK. There will be less crime though.
Cannabis should be legal. I’m sorry my socially conservative friends, but it should be. In a country that prides itself on liberty and freedom no one should be going to jail for weed.
You know who likes illegal pot?
The puritans and the cronies join together all the time to restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans.
Drugs should be a non-issue in the USA. Free people have a right to treat themselves and yes, even indulge themselves as they see fit. We are supposed to be a free people. This is supposed to be a free country.
There is so much good that could be done with psychedelics, marijuana, kratom, other restricted drugs, in terms of treatment.
I read sometime in the last year that the pharmaceutical lobby is widely thought to be the most powerful lobby in Washington.
Consider that for a moment. More powerful than oil and gas, more powerful than the lawyers, more powerful than the banks. Pharma is the biggest dog on K Street.
Earlier we reported on the upcoming DEA induced kratom ban. Kratom is an herb that helps some with anxiety and pain and has helped others reduce opiod dependence. Even still the government is about to make kratom a Schedule 1 substance, a completely banned drug. Cocaine in comparison is a Schedule 2 drug. One can technically get a prescription for cocaine. One can technically research the therapeutic effects of cocaine.
Why is the DEA moving in this direction?
Years ago I remember one of the Taliban spokespeople talking about dropping a “heroin bomb” on the West.
Kratom is a plant that grows in South East Asia. It is commonly used in teas and reportedly produces a calming effect on the drinker. It has also been used by those dependent on opioids and alcohol to lessen the intake of these drugs. But now the DEA is placing kratom on Schedule 1, essentially banning its use in the United States. Legal heroin, Oxycodone, will remain legal however. (Of course.)
Why does the federal government meddle in such things?
Good. Sometimes it takes a lot of sunshine to cut through the clouds. Sometimes its has to shine down for years, and then, one day, a break of blue sky.
Illegal marijuana is crony marijuana. Illegal marijuana, or more properly – cannabis – benefits drug dealers, government bureaucrats, the prison systems, the lawyers, and in principle federally illegal pot appears to violate the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, the document so many of us would like to see taken seriously again.
The question is fundamentally what is worse, the drugs or the drug war? It seems clear to me that the drug war is far worse.
The drug war destroys lives of innocent people. It incentivises police corruption. It incentivizes the distribution of hard drugs. It puts money into the pockets of organized crime. It often keeps people who need help from getting help. It undermines our very Constitution. The drug war is a failed and very expensive social experiment.
I do not understand how people can continue to justify pot prohibition these days. Check that, I can understand it if one has links to the DEA, the drug treatment complex, drug dealers, police unions, drug cartel money launderers, or the pharmaceutical industry. All of these groups want cannabis prohibition to continue because illegal pot means money in their pockets. Or perhaps it’s just flat out ignorance. I suppose that still exists.
Cannabis is the most docile of drugs.
It is important for Americans to understand that the FDA is in partnership with industry. The two giants work together. What may appear to be some consumer friendly “reform” almost always ends up benefiting some company or group of companies. The FDA is a deeply crony agency. In fact facilitating cronyism is a key part (if not THE key part) of its mission.
I am doing this post in the District of Columbia where recreational cannabis is legal. Guess what? The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west. Business is done. People work out. Kids go to school. ATMs still work. Water still flows downhill. Politicians yammer on like they always have. Cheech and Chong are nowhere to be seen. Life goes on – even with legal weed. Same thing in Colorado. Same thing in Washington State.
In the Land of the Free no one should go to jail for using marijuana.
But…But…But… I thought Hilary didn’t like the pharmaceutical companies. I thought they didn’t like her either. Hmmm.
When asked in the first Democratic presidential debate for an example of a political enemy, she named the drug companies. That was the word: “enemy.”