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The case for legalizing psychedelic drugs

It does mean that psychedelic drug use can be explained in evolutionary terms as a “hack” that enables transcendent states to be reached quickly. If this story is true, what are its implications? One is that psychedelic drug use is no different, in principle, to practices like chanting, fasting, praying and meditating that religions typically…

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International law allows for the legalization of cannabis

The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. This is the result of research by Legal scholars Piet Hein van Kempen and Masha Fedorova of Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In their research Van Kempen and Fedorova concluded that the U.N.…

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Here are all the drugs americans want to legalize

“Just because Americans don’t want these other drugs to be legal, however, doesn’t mean they think current drug laws are fair.” But the idea of legalizing other drugs draws little support across the political spectrum. While Republicans tended to favor legalization the least, support among Democrats and independents didn’t reach 20 percent for any drug…

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America can end its war on drugs. Here’s how.

“But is it actually possible to draw back the harsh, punitive criminalization of drugs in America without ending up at full commercial legalization and gravely risking public health?” At the same time, there is a great interest in pulling back or eliminating some of the unintended consequences of the drug war. In the US, the…

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