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2000 Cognitive Liberty News

November 20, 2000
When reading becomes a crime: The war on drugs goes after books
Should the purchase of certain books be considered evidence of criminal activity? The DEA thinks so, and so does a Colorado judge who ordered the owners of the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, Colorado to turn over the name and customer information of a person who purchased books containing information on manufacturing illegal drugs. >>Read More

November 10, 2000
The future of [psychoactive] drugs
The November 6, 2000 issue of online magazine FEED is devoted to an excellent examination of psychedelics and other psychoactive drugs. Several members of the CCLE's Board of Advisors are quoted and interviewed.  >> Read More from FEED

November 9, 2000
ucy in the sky, with therapists
Psychedelics such as ecstasy, LSD and mushrooms aren't just for ravers and Deadheads. Not by a long shot. Psychotherapists around the country say if you're using these hallucinogenics as party drugs you're missing the point. As pychotherapeutic agents, many researchers say, they are an immensely valuable and untapped resource. >> Read More from Wired News

November 8, 2000
Cognitive Liberty triumphs in Mendocino
In Mendocino County, California, voters passed a ballot measure making it the first county in the US to decriminalize the personal cultivation and use of Cannabis. >> Read More

October 4, 2000
Club Drug bill passes, but provisions tempered
As originally introduced, the Ecstasy and "club drug" provisions of two federal bills would have made it a federal crime to disseminate information about using or manufacturing Ecstasy, and also would have arbitrarily equated Ecstasy to methamphetamine for the purposes of federal sentencing. In line with an analysis by the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, both of these flawed provisions have been struck!  >> Read More

September 26, 2000
Laced Media: this is your brain on subliminal political ads
What does it say about the government’s respect for our minds when a Governor running for the most powerful office in the world is caught red handed trying to manipulating our mental processes through subliminal messages? >> Read More

September 14, 2000
Rastafarian Wins Religious Defense
Before Guam Supreme Court

The Guam Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges against a man who claimed that he is a Rastafarian and imported marijuana for religious use. >> Read More

September 7, 2000
What's (Still) Wrong with the
and Club Drug
Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000?

While the House version of the Methamphetamine Act (H.R. 2987) no longer contains unconstitutional provisions violating free speech, the addition of the "club drug" provisions raises new problems >> Read More

August 31, 2000
National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
blurs drug abuse with responsible drug use

Today (August 31, 2000) the federal government released the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse... Ignored in all the discussion of the various statistics is the rather glaring question of why all drug use is unquestioningly considered "abuse." >> Read Full Report

August 9, 2000
Get inside the DEA's
National Ecstasy & Club Drugs Conference

On Monday, July 31, 2000, through Wednesday, August 2, the DEA held a “National Ecstasy & Club Drugs Conference” in Washington, D.C., for the purpose of providing information on MDMA (Ecstasy) to local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agents. >> Read Full Report

July 26, 2000
Club Drug Act rolled into Meth. Act
Yesterday (Tuesday, July 25, 2000) The House Judiciary Committee concluded its examination of the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act (H.R. 2987) after making several important amendments, one of which appended the Club Drug Anti-Proliferation Act to the Meth. Act. >> Read More

July 22, 2000
Club Drug Act may be rolled into Meth. Act
Representative Bill McCollum (R-FL) has introduced a major amendment to the Methamphetamine Act of 1999, which, among other things, would fold the Club Drug Act into the Meth. Act, thus advancing the flawed Club Drug Act in the legislative process by a giant leap and drastically shortening the period for public comment. >> Read More

July 5, 2000
Ecstasy & Narco-hair-testing
On July 3, 2000, Associated Pathologists Laboratory (APL) announced that
beginning August 1, 2000, MDMA detection will be added to the company's
current 5-panel drug hair testing service ("at no additional charge to APL's
clients.") >> Read More

June 28, 2000
Ecstasy Bill Endangers Kids & Violates Free Speech
A report issued on June 28, 2000, by the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, finds that provisions in the Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000 (S.2612) will endanger adolescents and others who use MDMA (Ecstasy), and will violate the free speech rights of a broad range of writers, scholars, reporters, and activists, whose work departs from the government’s “just say no” national drug policy. >> Read More

June 6, 2000
Ecstasy bill aims to criminalize free speech
Following the lead of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Customs, and the DEA, and prompted by recent media attention regarding the drug ecstasy (MDMA), Senator Bob Graham of Florida (along with co-sponsors Grassley, Thomas and Biden) have introduced legislation calling for stiffer prison terms for ecstasy-related offenses and a blackout on certain information concerning the drug. >> Read More