One need not travel to
to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. China leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and non-whites in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility. America
The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes, to be paid for by our descendants. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and evil prohibition.
Rooting out the number-one cash crop in the land burns tax dollars instead of booking them. Arresting Americans for gardening empowers outlaws to take over
. The DEA says they don’t need no stinking amendment. Political prisoner Marc Emery delivered on Madame Secretary Clinton’s promise to Mexico . He reduced Mexico demand for Mexican pot, by selling seed to American farmers. U. S.
Nixon passed the CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use.
The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote. Non-placebo sacraments remain prohibited to everybody else. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment should protect use of entheogen sacraments to mediate communion for all God’s children. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors.
Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced religious conformity. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration.
Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the God-given rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable. Socrates said to know your self, and paid the price. The substances are tools. It might not be bad to learn their uses.