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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The War on Drugs: “The worst case of scientific censorship since the Church banned Copernicus and Galileo”

According to this article, laws against marijuana and other psychedelic substances have completely derailed scientific research into such fields as the study of consciousness.  This opinion was published in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

David Nutt, a professor of neuro-psychopharmacology at Imperial College London, said:

“The decision to outlaw these drugs was based on their perceived dangers, but in many cases the harms have been overstated.”  He described current drug laws as “the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo.”

He also said:

“The laws have never been updated despite scientific advances and growing evidence that many of these drugs are relatively safe. And there appears to be no way for the international community to make such changes.  This hindering of research and therapy is motivated by politics, not science.”

David Nutt and two of his fellow researchers — Leslie King and David Nichols — said:

“If we adopted a more rational approach to drug regulation, it would empower researchers to make advances in the study of consciousness and brain mechanisms of psychosis, and could lead to major treatment innovations in areas such as depression and PTSD.”


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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to realize that the Government is reactionary and never apologizes for it's fuck-ups.

Reacting to all of these crises (like when Marijuana starting getting out of the Black Community into the White Community). They have hampered our needs for effective medications, like Heroin which was more of an effective pain killer, more natural and cheaper to make then Morphine which is also 20 times more addictive.

As for the psychedelic drugs, ever since we found out the Soviet Union and the US Army were experimenting with them, I think they will remain in the evil hall of fame

Erik

Perhaps if we could make medication out of Booze, Coffee, and Cigarettes!

June 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

The "War on Drugs" is big business, and Big Business likes it that way. Follow the money!

June 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

What do scienticians know about such things with their lab coats and pocket protectors. Pshaw!

June 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Well here's one for you.

Our state here just passed a law stating that you can not advertise the beneficial medicinal effects of marijuana. Hum? Weren't the first shops to open here for medical use only? How does that work?

June 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: But coffee and booze ARE medicine, aren't they :)

Jerry: Yup, the drug cartels and anti-drug police agencies have a lucrative thing going.

Randal: Jesus hated scienticians.

Demeur: I guess everybody already knows the incredible medicinal benefits of smoking pot.

June 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://youtu.be/aqMlRGOZNHw

That's all I'll say.

June 16, 2013 at 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

My contribution. What Jerry said also too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qX7dvAFAHQ

June 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM  

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