Biography/Memoir

End the war on marijuana

“We are calling on [The President] to end the war on drugs by taking the first step: deschedule cannabis.” Support veterans risking arrest! They will lead a mass die-in calling for an end to the war on drugs. US Official Harry Anslinger lead the charge to ban cannabis in 1937. His racist, xenophobic justifications for…

READ MORE

U.N. not a place to find good policy

“No, the U.N. leadership is not that open to reform… the U.N. was confiscating copies of the letter calling for the end of the drug war that were being handed out in front of the U.N.” UN Security was apparently ordered to confiscate the letter, and attendees were ordered to hand over their copies upon…

READ MORE

UNGASS 2016 meets ECfES.org

“I hope it [the Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies] becomes a nationally known center soon.” -Jim Fadiman, PhD (author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys) Now the seed had sprouted. Whatever the outcome of UNGASS 2016, ECfES has positioned itself to become a local, grass-roots non-profit which will continue to champion…

READ MORE
Biography/Memoir

Interdisciplinary Council on Psychedelic Research 2016

“All ICPR 2016 speakers are now on the website.” ​Good news for psychologists in the Netherlands: ICPR 2016 has been acknowledged as an official training program for psychologists by the NIP. Questions like ‘How can psychedelics be employed for therapeutic purposes?’, ‘In which ways can they be used to understand underlying brain mechanisms?’ and ‘What…

READ MORE
Biography/Memoir

The global war on drugs has failed; it’s time for a new approach

“We must seriously consider shifting resources away from criminalizing tens of millions of otherwise law abiding citizens and more towards an approach based on health, harm-reduction, cost effectiveness, and respect for human rights.” The drug-free world so confidently predicted by supporters of the war on drugs is farther than ever from attainment. It’s time to…

READ MORE
Biography/Memoir

Students for sensible drug policy welcomes the university of oregon chapter

“Their advice to people who want to get involved? Just do it.” The founding members include Laura Huskey (Math and Computer Science freshman), Misa Smith (Sociology Senior), and Michael Worcester (Political Science Senior, dual-enrolled at Lane Community College). “Heroin overdose and opiate overdose in general is a huge problem in Oregon and on campus,” Misa…

READ MORE

Soldiers turn to Native American sweat lodges to treat PTSD

For some, discovering the sweat lodge came at the lowest point in their lives. Originally designated only for men of the tribe, leaders now welcome anyone to the lodge, especially soldiers. ​Special Agent Kevin Cheek of the Air Force, now the military liaison for the sweat lodge, says, “I’ve deployed five times. I’ve been there…

READ MORE
Biography/Memoir

United States in the grips of a heroin epidemic

“Estimates on the number of U.S. Herion Addicts Range from 300,000 to 500,000.” The resurgence of the deadly drug has sparked a flurry of action from governors’ mansions and statehouses across New England and the Midwest to small-town police stations from northern Kentucky to Wisconsin. “It’s really on the top of everyone’s radar from a…

READ MORE

The drug war is such a violent failure, the Surgeon General is speaking up for the first time ever

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented data on drug overdose death rates from 2001-2014, and it does not look good”. “Prescription drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled since 2001 Opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 2001 Benzodiazepine overdose deaths have increased by more than 600% since 2001 Cocaine overdose deaths are up…

READ MORE