Anyone involved with drug policy can tell you, Afghanistan wasn’t actually America’s longest war. This shady honor belongs to the war on drugs, which has been waged at the state, local and federal levels for more than a century, even before President Richard Nixon officially announced in 1971 that he was launching “an all-out attack.” He called “drug abuse” America’s number one enemy of the people.
Yet it is clear that the drug war is actually coming to an end. In the 1990s, medical marijuana was legalized in several states. Now 16 states Entertainment has legalized marijuana, more is coming. Last fall, Nine out of nine Drug legalization or criminalization measures have been passed in the ballot box, the use of MDMA for the treatment of PTSD is in final clinical trial with the Food and Drug Administration and There is a growing visible cultural change Which welcomes psychedelics and other mind-enhancing substances. This November, LSD comes even safer with all cultural playgrounds, Broadway, musical instruments Flying over the sunset, A fictional account of a meeting between novelist Aldous Huxley, playwright / messenger Claire Booth Luce, and film star Carrie Grant, all of whom experimented with psychedelics in the late 1950s and early 60s.
Nick Gillespie’s guest is a man who is in the best position to explain and explain the country’s changing attitude towards drug bans and drug use. He is Ethan Nadelman, the 64-year-old founder and former chief Drug Policy Alliance, Fighting for pharmacological freedom is one of the oldest and most effective garments. A former college professor who taught political science, Nadelman combined the rigor and depth of knowledge of an academic with a sense of activism and energy (read 1994). Because Interview with him conducted by Jacob Sulum).
Over the years, Nedelman has partnered with everyone across the political spectrum to make drug policy more humane and less punitive, while at the same time speaking positively about responsible drug use. You can listen to him in his new weekly podcast Psychoactive, Where recent guests include psychedelic enthusiast and best-selling author Tim Ferris, top psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist Julie Holland, integrative medicine guru Andrew Weil and consulting columnist Dan Savage “Sex, drugs and freedom.”
It’s a great and rolling conversation about drug laws and drug culture over the last 50 years — and what comes next when America slowly begins to emerge from its longest war.
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