CCLE views drug prohibition as a real and present
encroachment upon cognitive liberty, and includes this among its primary
areas of focus and analysis.
essence of the "war on drugs" is not a battle against pills and
powders, but a battle against the mental states that such
substances can elicit. In our view, saying that the war on drugs is a war
on drugs rather than on mental states is like saying that
book burnings and bannings are attacks on paper and ink, rather than on
the ideas espoused by the authors.
live in an age of cognitive censorship; an age in which certain drugs and
mind states receive State approval while others are forbidden—even
criminalized. Members of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics are united in the principle
that a person's thoughts and thought processes should remain inviolable.
The government should not be in the business of policing thoughts by
authorizing acceptable states of mind, and outlawing others. Nor is it
sound social policy to accept prohibition laws that cause systemic
dysfunction and encourage widespread misunderstanding of the complexities
of drugs and drug use.
the Drug Laws Constitutional?
"The truth is that behind
Congress's ostensible aim of combating drug misbranding lay its growing
antagonism to the habit of pharmacological self-pleasuring, manifested by
the act's specifically mandating the listing on the label of what were
then the main ingredients of Americans' favorite nostrums: alcohol,
hypnotics, and sedatives." By Thomas
Drug education CCLE style. World-renowned chemist Dr.
Alexander Shulgin provides reliable answers to questions concerning
Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE)
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Liberty Legal Network
If you're a drug defense attorney or legal professional interested in
defending and helping to elaborate on the fundamental right to cognitive
liberty, please join our Cognitive
Liberty Legal Defense Network. If you've been arrested, and are
looking for a lawyer skilled in cognitive liberty cases, go
of Drug Use
"America's drug war has always trifled with science. But the
assumption that the presence alone of a particular chemical in a person's
bloodstream is cause for imprisonment replaces the fundamental American
right of presumption of innocence with the police-state mentality of
assumed guilt. Nevertheless, we should not worry. The people in jail cells
are not prisoners, just patients undergoing the new therapy of coerced
abstinence." By Joseph McNamara, D.P.A.
Drug Law Library
Our comprehensive and ever-growing drug law library. State,
federal and international drug laws at your fingertips.
Drug War and the Constitution
"The thesis that I want to advance today is that the drug war and
the laws that prohibit the private consumption of certain drugs are
un-Constitutional. Prohibition laws, themselves, violate every tenet of
limited government that is embodied in our Constitution." By Paul
Series of essays by Richard Glen Boire which elaborate on the
individual's fundamental right to cognitive liberty and autonomy of mind.
Includes a running critique of drug prohibition.
Divinorum Defense Fund
Salvia divinorum a psychoactive plant traditionally used by
the Mazatecs for divination may become the next drug prohibited by the DEA.
The Alchemind Society has established a defense fund to prepare a
professional objection to any such move by the DEA. Donations are
2002 Canadian Senate
Report on Cannabis: Summary
As the ever more costly domestic war on drugs redoubles its
paternalistic efforts to protect Americans from themselves, the Canadian
government begins to see the merit of a drug policy based on allowing
Canadians to decide for themselves. CCLE associate legal counsel Julie
Ruiz-Sierra summarizes the revolutionary Canadian senate report.
Library of Drug Policy
Fantastic collection of online texts concerning drug policy.
Drug Policy Resources
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