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Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for 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.

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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 forbidden drugs.

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 below.)

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 policy.

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 status at:

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 Hofmann
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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