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Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
June 13, 2005
Enjoy the launch of Summer! Look for our next top news
message in early Fall.
Here's our monthly update of things done, things to come, and things in
process here at the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics.
As always, we depend upon your donations to keep the Center operating.
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Law Firm of Richard Glen Boire, at your service
Ater a five year hiatus while working full-time on CCLE matters, Richard has
returned to his legal practice while still making significant contributions
to the Center's work. If you, or a loved one, need professional legal help
concerning forbidden drugs, he's the person to contact. His legal practice
specializes in criminal appeals, expungements and other relief for criminal
allegations concerning psychedelics, marijuana, research chemicals and other
Learn more at
International Conference on Drugs in the Future
Jun 17, 2005 - London, England
If you're in Europe and can hop over to London where CCLE's Dr. Wrye Sententia
will Chair the International Conference on Drugs in the Future, Friday, June
17th, join us!
Come meet with Dr. Sententia, the Erowid Librarians, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and
other special visionary guests to supercharge your thinking about the future
of drug use, drug information and drug policy. Sponsored by DTL, and
supported by Release and the Beckley Foundation. (Alexander Shulgin is a
CCLE Advisor and featured regularly on Ask Dr. Shulgin Online, see news item
IRS Confirms our Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status as a Tax Deductible Charity
We received word two weeks ago that the IRS has completed a five year review
of our operations and has concluded that we are in COMPLETE COMPLIANCE with
federal nonprofit rules! No surprise to us, but it's nice to get an official stamp
of approval on these things.
Celebrate with us by making a tax-deductible donation at the above link!
CCLE article in the American Journal of Bioethics
Volume 5 Number 2 | March-April 2005
The current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics is focused on the
important topic of "neuroethics." There are many great articles, including
one by Richard Glen Boire that argues that the Fourth Amendment ought to
protect the insides of our heads as much as the insides of our homes. We
believe that neuroethics will completely reframe the future of
neuropharmacology and psychotropic drugs. This issue of the American Journal
of Bioethics is a great place to get up-to-date on the importance of this
emerging field of study which is already beginning to influence law and
Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics joins DSM-V Prelude Project
The Diagnostic Statistics Manual is the primary means of diagnosing and
cataloging "mental disorders." Richard Glen Boire recently became a member
of the DSM-V Prelude Project in an effort to help revise some of the
categories related to substance use. We'll keep you posted on our efforts.
The next version of the DSM is not due until 2010, but work is already
underway to begin the revisions.
CCLE Defends Salvia Divinorum and other Medicinal and Ritual Plants
Last month, we sent a letter and legal analysis to Louisiana Representative
Michael Strain, concerning his bill (HB 20) to outlaw Salvia divinorum and a
host of other plants with long-standing religious and medicinal use. We also
sent our letter and legal analysis to all 18 members of the Louisiana House
Judiciary Committee, which is currently considering the bill.
Despite our efforts, the bill appears to be unstoppable. Follow its current
New Answer: Ask Dr. Shulgin Online
We posted a new answer by Dr. Alexander Shulgin.
The question and answer on the topic of:
"Psychedelic Science - How to Prepare"
Follow the above link to read Dr. Shulgin's reply.
Calling Open Source Coders - Help Out Judges Against the Drug War
The first big step of converting Judges Against the Drug War to a fully open
source, community-run project has been completed, but we could use more
help. Please see the above URL for the temporary site, which has more info
about our needs, or zap us an email at
Tell the Government to Stop Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Users
On June 6, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 that the federal
government can continue arresting patients who use medical marijuana legally
under their state laws. on Tuesday June 14, the US House of representatives is
scheduled to vote on an amendment that would end the federal government's
attacks on sick people. The Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment
would bar the U.S. Department of Justice -- including the Drug Enforcement
Administration -- from spending any money to raid or arrest bona fide
medical marijuana patients.
The Marijuana Policy Project has set up an e-mail system for sending your
representative a message to pass the amendment, but you need to act
immediately. To do so, visit the above URL today.
Announcing: The CCLE Travel & Conference Fund
In the last year, we've championed
cognitive liberty to audiences in Washington D.C.; Pennsylvania; Seattle,
Washington; Portland, Oregon; Boston, Massachusetts; Davis, Sacramento,
Berkeley, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Angeles,
and San Jose, California; Amsterdam; and this week, London!
If we are invited speakers, some travel expenses are covered for an event,
many times, (particularly for government appearences), these are NOT
reimbursed. Always, there are ancillary costs if we are away.
Please help us to keep cognitive liberty in the public eye, by donating to
our travel fund.
Many thanks to Mark Anderson for his
generous donation of $2,000 toward the CCLE Travel & Conference Fund. To
join Mark in supporting this work, make a donation with a note "Conference
Fund" at the link above. Frequent flyer miles are gratefully accepted!
Conferences & Events
Friday, June 17, San Francisco
Liberty, Technology, and Prosperity
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Featuring Joel Garreau, Reporter and Editor, Washington Post, Principal,The
Garreau Group, and Author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of
Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies-and What It Means to Be Human (Doubleday,
May 2005); and Gene Burns, Radio Talk Show Host, KGO-AM 810 NewsTalk Radio.
Seminar Luncheon cosponsored by the Cato Institute and The Economist.
Wednesday, July 20th, (Lincoln, Vermont)
1st Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology
CCLE Director, Wrye Sententia, will join other visionary thinkers, including
Ray Kurzweil, J. Hughes, Mike Tredor, Max More and others in assessing the
ethics of nanotechnology. “Geoethical” means widely agreed-upon principles
for guiding the application of curative technologies that can have a general
environmental (including people) impact, much like bioethical principles
(autonomy, beneficence, nonfeasance, justice) guide the application of
curative technologies that specifically impact one or more patients.
Nanotechnology raises geoethical issues because the nanomedical treatment of
individuals may have a wide socio-environmental impact.
August 17-23, Jamaica
A seven-day all-inclusive festival for the mind. Amazing speakers and bands
from around the globe coming together to enlighten and delight. This event
is a fundraiser for MAPS, NORML, The Albert Hofmann Foundation, the Chapel
of Sacred Mirrors, and The Drug Policy Alliance.
January 11th - 15th, 2006 (Basel, Switzerland)
LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug
International Symposium on the Occasion of the 100th Birthday of Albert
On the occasion of the 100th Birthday of Dr. Albert Hofmann on January 11th
2006, the Gaia Media Foundation will present an International Symposium to
his best known and most controversial discovery.
LIBERTY WATCH: USA Patriot Act and the 109th Congress
From CCLE Washington DC Policy Fellow Michael Ostrolenk
There is a growing effort by civil liberty and privacy groups to repeal
Section 1173(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2(b); 42 U.S.C.
1320d-6(a)(1)), which authorizes the creation of a national medical ID. The
focus of the effort is to include the repeal language in this year's Labor,
Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. Fortunately
till now, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has successfully blocked funding for
the law passed in 1996 that requires these universal medical ID numbers to
be created for every American. The American public is already outraged at
the misuse of the Social Security Number which was originally created only
for use by the Social Security Administration for the operation of the
Social Security program. They see what is happening with ChoicePoint, Bank
of America and other examples of identity theft as well as the creation of
more and more government databases. To create another universal number would
obviously be a major mistake. Therefore, rather than extending the
prohibition on funding which Congress has done for the last eight years, for
another year, Congress is being encouraged to simply repeal the
authorization of the national medical ID once and for all. A compliment to
this effort is the growing support for H.R. 220 Identity Theft Prevention
Act of 2005. H.R. 220 would require all Americans to get a new Social
Security Number that can only be used for Social Security purposes. It would
not be able to be used by other government agencies or by private industry.
It would also repeal any laws that have created a national identification
document or universal identity number.
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