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Re: Legal problems with access

Tony Halmarack (
Tue, 02 Jul 1996 21:37:11 +0100

From: (Tony Halmarack)
Subject: Re: Legal problems with access
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Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 21:37:11 +0100

In message <> Anexia wrote:

> Getting LSD (or mescaline, ibogaine, psilocybin, etc) legalized
> for the dying seems almost impossible. However, starting petitions never
> hurts.

Doing the groundwork, in anticipation of a more enlightened social attitude
is one of the activities we could be participating in.

>There is an interesting book called "Ayahasca Analogues" by
> Jonathan Ott that discusses methods of preparing the famous
> DMT/B-carboline jungle potion from legal plants that are indiginous to
> the climates of Europe and North America. Also, San Pedro might be a
> worthy canidate for hallucinogen source. It is a legal cactus, and it
> contains mescaline.

It would be interesting to hear of practical experiences relating to these
medicines. I'll certainly read the book you mentioned.

Is anyone aware of any literature on the medicinal uses of Psilocybin
and Amanita muscaria, (two commonly available sources of hallucinogens) in
the context of the TWC's aims?

> Procuring hallucinogens legally can be done, but administering
> them legally cannot (at least in the US). Getting these substances
> lowered from a class one status to class two status seems important yet
> improbable. The Religious Right would go loony-toons at the suggestion
> that these "evil, Satanic drugs" be administerd to people on their death
> beds. I don't know about Europe, but in the US, the church has MAJOR
> political pull. It is almost a political party itself. They want a
> monopoly on spiritual experiences. Since they cannot offer
> transcendental experiences, anything that can is considered deadly
> competition. While attempting to get these things legalized for the
> dying is all-important, my guess is that we'll have to break a few laws
> if we want to adminiser hallucinogens anytime soon.

It would be more suitable in the long term to change the laws than break
them. Then again, I don't know what the legal status of LSD was when
Aldous Huxley took his dose at exit.

In Britain, it apears that we are ingesting large quantities of
organo-phosphate pesticides to the detriment of our health. This is
due to the *compulsory* use of excessive amounts of this poison
by agri-business. Not that I'm suggesting that hallucinogens are made
compulsory, just to make governments feel that they're in control
of the use of such chemicals.

Good health,

Tony Halmarack =(*)=

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