Prompted by “Breakthroughs In Addiction Treatment Could Pressure Government To Legalize Psychedelics”: http://reset.me/story/breakthroughs-in-addiction-treatment/
While I remain confident that ample work by many fine folks globally is providing ample pressure to end the obviously disastrous war on some drugs, I need to press some unfortunately rarely publicly pressed buttons in my journal here in hopes of helping expedite that end to protect millions (if not billions) of actually innocent people from being harmed by demonstrable law abuse.
The case against Certain Drug Prohibition is a “slam dunk”, completely logically speaking. After several years of being tuned in with this issue, I can confidently state proponents for that prohibition literally cannot sustain a single point in their favor.
Firstly, I press the “Commerce Clause” button in the true highest court of the land — the court of public opinion (and the court that can apply a full-court press against a blatantly corrupt judicial branch). Briefly put (in factual form), under no circumstance can the Commerce Clause lawfully support the war on some drugs. The pressure to sustain that war comes apparently mainly from corrupt members of law enforcement leveraging their ‘tough on crime’ mantra to sustain their ‘cash cow’ (legalize cannabis and most of that cow greatly diminishes in size — the reason why they unreasonably insist upon keeping cannabis illegal, but I digress). Take away legitimacy of their so-called law (very easy to do without needing a law degree — common sense suffices), and they lose everything in a relative flash.
“Respondents Diane Monson and Angel Raich use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything – and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.” — rightfully stated by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
The reason that button remains primarily unpressed — putting aside how challenging it is to bring passion to the masses over the ‘sleep inducing’ Commerce Clause — is the need for political leftists (those mainly ironically promoting psychedelic legality) to protect the ‘Congress can regulate any activity having a substantial effect on commerce’ quality to maintain their “liberal/progressive” agenda (see Liberty Shield introduction for explanation of those last quotes, and a thorough and completely logical proposal for liberty and law in tune with actual liberal/progressive/conservative/libertarian intent and our nation’s logical foundation primarily set against law abuse). Properly restoring that clause would seriously cripple their demonstrably failed flavor of leftist methodology (effectively torturing the rule-of-law to coerce anti-discriminatory results for supposed equality, but failing to deliver any net-resulting benefit at terrible cost), so they avoid the Commerce Clause button like the plague — similar to prohibitionists “benefiting” from the failed war on some drugs, they hypocritically “benefit” from that leftist methodology failure, while society does not from both failures, fully logically speaking.
Too many people do not realize that political leftism in its current form (e.g. “New Deal” version of the Commerce Clause) is the reason why the war on some drugs exists. That fact can be leveraged to proclaim hypocrisy against national political rightists (any Republican supporting that war is a hypocrite firmly opposing their party’s principles — a fact that could heavily crush support against that war if publicly leveraged properly).
Secondly, I press the “Where’s the disaster?” button. For prohibition to make any sense, the disaster from “weakening” drug laws must exist. The constant proclamation by aforementioned proponents stating disaster will strike upon “weakening” drug laws is sadly never sufficiently publicly challenged after over two decades of such “weakening”. That sufficiency would powerfully publicly press the fact that no conclusive (so reasonably credible) evidence proves any such disaster, so there is no need to waste tens of billions of taxpayer dollars annually on that continuous and obviously liberty-infringing war. This is another button that can (and should) slam Certain Drug Prohibition into prompt repeal upon proper public leverage.
Finally, cannabis is a psychedelic capable of enormous power reasonably on par with the intensity of other psychedelics (e.g. heavily slamming into cannabis concentrates for quite the ride). There is no sane (e.g. non-hypocritical) reason to allow cannabis to become legal, while other psychedelics remain illegal. My Respect Cannabis campaign introduction offers much more on this subject. Law abuse (formed by reason abuse) is the real societal problem, so wasting the powerful public leverage of cannabis popularity these days just to “legalize” (actually heavily regulate) that one drug is socially pathetic and wrong. I am not a “regulate” and “tax” man, because I understand how that logically reinforces law abuse (the actual problem) and defies our Founding Father’s best efforts against pre-American conservatism spanning the political spectrum defying the logically necessary unalienable right to liberty to prevent law abuse from entrenchment.
On this Bicycle Day, I leave you with quotes from the prompting article regarding the benefit of psychedelics, followed by my trippy psym (psychedelic symmetry) image respecting this event…
“Ayahuasca, psilocybin, LSD, MDMA and ibogaine are relatively safe and bring therapeutic benefits to countless people via clinical trials and personal use.”
“However, psychedelics are good for far more than just spiritual journeys and recreational use, and it’s their proven utility in treating pernicious mental disorders…”
“As research continues to pile up showing that psychedelics can be used to effectively treat addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression where other therapies have failed…”
“A host of other studies have shown that psychedelics can help people come to peace with traumatic experiences, quelling suicidal thoughts and relieving depression even after pharmaceutical interventions have failed.”
“A common thread is that psychedelics help people come to terms with themselves, and therefore make them more capable of battling their afflictions.”
“EmmaSofia is currently raising money in a long-term effort to legalize psychedelic treatments for addiction and other ailments. The group was recently featured in an attention-grabbing piece in the Independent, pushing the notion that the substances are as safe as common activities like riding a bike or playing football. Although there are risks involved with taking psychedelics, particularly for people who are using prescription medications or have existing medical conditions, studies have shown that there is no connection between their usage and acquiring mental health disorders.”
“Although psychedelics can induce temporary confusion and emotional turmoil, hospitalisations and serious injuries are extremely rare. Overall, psychedelics are not particularly dangerous when compared to other common activities.”
“Ironically, prohibition actually causes psychedelics to be more dangerous, because they are unregulated and buyers never know when they are getting something with impure additives.
A change in federal policy could correct that problem, and provide safe, legal access to treatment to millions who need it. The path forward to bring psychedelics into the legal mainstream is clear, although the time-line is not.”
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