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The New ‘Psychoactive Substances Bill’ – the Nail in the Coffin for Cognitive Liberty in Britain

“Under the proposed legislation, substances are to be banned solely on the basis of whether or not they are psychoactive: regardless of any research or understanding of the potential harms or benefits of a given substance.”

This legislation is tantamount to a prescription of approved psychological states: working, consuming, and self-abuse with alcohol/tobacco are the only options available to British citizens from now on. The exception of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco make it clear that the “legitimacy” of given substances has nothing to do with harmfulness to individual users, but compatibility with current social norms and economic needs.

Original Article (Cognitive Liberty UK):
The New ‘Psychoactive Substances Bill’ – the Nail in the Coffin for Cognitive Liberty in Britain
Artwork Fair Use: Jiri Hodan

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