…Michael Pollan changes his mind
As Michael Pollan steps into the role of psychedelic gatekeeper, we critically examine his recent NYT op-ed on slowing down psilocybin decriminalization … both the narrative presented in How to Change Your Mind as well as the narrative presented in his op-ed, it all feels to me to be a part of what I would consider to be prohibition-lite … which I would guess define as being this sort of, “Ah psychedelics have been sort of wrongly criminalized and we need to figure out a way to bring them back in society, but, we’re not going to acknowledge that there was no scientific or evidentiary basis for prohibition, so we’re still gonna have arguments for why these things should be controlled or penalized.”
…the only distinction there is he has this state authority. You kind of wind up with this weird appeal to the authority of the state which, considering that prohibition, again, wasn’t enacted as the result of any evidence or science or what-have-you, it was actually the result of racist and classist and super oppressive policies, it doesn’t really hold … I think the reaction was dismay. I think that the reaction was dismay because it’s incongruency…some of the very arguments that he makes in the op-ed that “maybe we’re not ready to have this cultural conversation”… I think a lot of people see Michael’s work as starting this conversation, even though those of us who’ve been following these issues for a long time know that’s not true. It’s certainly incongruous.