“None of Dr. Leary’s most important studies have either suffered refutation or enjoyed confirmation, because enacted law, statues enacted after and because of Dr. Leary’s research – makes it a crime for any other psychologists or psychiatrists to replicate such research. I know you’ve heard that the Inquisition ended in 1819, but in many areas of psychotherapy and medicine, the U.S. government has taken up where the Vatican left off.” – Robert Anton Wilson
Robert Anton Wilson: Consciousness, Conspiracy & Coincidence
The tides, however, are turning. With the federal government stating that they will not interfere with the legalization of cannabis in Washington State and Colorado, and corporate shills like John McCain and mainstream pundits like Dr. Sanjay Gupta favoring legalization of cannabis, we might well be on our way towards an age of enlightenment.
In Historic Move, Feds Won’t Prosecute States That Legalize Pot
click to enlarge – Source: “Legality of cannabis by country”
Below you will find some relevant information regarding this topic; from where we’ve been, to how far we’ve come, and what we have to look forward to:
UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
Parkinson’s and Cannabis
Psychedelic Science: Psilocybin, Ayahuasca, LSD, DMT, and Ibogaine
The Five Stages of Destruction
Freedom Over Consciousness
How to End Prohibition
In 1961, on behest of the United States of America, the United Nations passed the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (full text), an international treaty signed, at the time, by 73 nations – 184 at present – to “prohibit production and supply of specific (nominally narcotic) drugs and of drugs with similar effects except under licence for specific purposes.” As of March 2005, 116 drugs (full list – pdf) were controlled under this Convention:
“Earlier treaties had only controlled opium, coca, and derivatives such as morphine, heroin and cocaine. The Single Convention, adopted in 1961, consolidated those treaties and broadened their scope to include cannabis and drugs whose effects are similar to those of the drugs specified….
“This treaty has since been supplemented by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances , which controls LSD, MDMA, and other psychoactive pharmaceuticals, and the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances , which strengthens provisions against money laundering and other drug-related offenses.….
“The Single Convention has been extremely influential in standardizing national drug control laws. In particular, the United States’ Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and the United Kingdom’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 were designed to fulfill treaty obligations.”
Even though the Preamble of the Single Convention affirmed the importance of the medical use of these controlled substances, stating that “narcotic drugs continue to be indispensable for the relief of pain and suffering”, very few scientists or medical practitioners have been given authorization to conduct research into the beneficial properties of these drugs. This has resulted in decades of lost opportunity to study these substances, causing a tremendous amount of anguish for those who suffer the most in our societies.
…continued at chycho