Archive for War on Drugs

Podcast 405 – “Marijuana At Your Corner Store”


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Guest speaker: Sarah Lovering

The Palenque Norte Lecture Hall at Camp Soft Landing in Black Rock City 2013

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Today we travel back in time once again to the 2013 Burning Man Festival where Sarah Lovering gave a Palenque Norte Lecture detailing her work with the Marijuana Policy Project. It was MPP that led a coalition of cannabis activists over a several year period leading up to the legalization referendum in Colorado. Sarah not only explains how that campaign unfolded, but she goes on to describe the community’s long term plans for the ultimate legalization of cannabis in the U.S.

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Podcast 403 – “Sasha Shulgin: In His Own Words”


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Guest speaker: Sasha Shulgin

Sasha Shulgin

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On June 2, 2014 Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin passed on to his next adventure. Although this podcast is a tribute to his life and work, I have decided to let it be told mainly in his own words. First you will hear the audio portion of a video tribute to Ann and Sasha Shulgin. Following that is a short interview of Sasha that was conducted by Terence McKenna. In closing I play the famous talk that Sasha gave at the 1983 Psychedelics and Spirituality Conference.

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A Tribute to the Shulgins

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Podcast 402 – “Global Psychedelic Research Update”


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Guest speaker: Rick Doblin

Rick Doblin from the May 20, 1985 edition of the New York Magazine

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.]

“Once you’ve produced the scientific data that’s necessary to make a drug into a medicine, you’ve gone a long way towards mainstreaming the acceptance of these drugs as having beneficial properties. And then the step to legalization is not that far behind that.”

“The government has a monopoly on the supply of marijuana that you can use in FDA-approved research. So even though there are 20 states and the District of Columbia [that have legalized medical marijuana], and there’s marijuana everywhere, we’ve spent seven years trying to get 10 grams of marijuana for vaporizer research. We’re the only people in America that can’t get 10 grams of marijuana.”

“We are all dying and we all have some anxiety about it. And so people are more scared of dying than they are of drugs. If we can show that people who are facing death can be assisted with psychedelics that’s a powerful message.”

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MAPS Sponsored: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research

“The New Drug They Call ‘Ecstasy’ ”
(New York Magazine, May 20, 1985)

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” (video)

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” (podcast)

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Podcast 401 – “Surveillance and Revolution”


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Guest speakers: Glenn Greenwald and Stefan Molyneux

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“What the NSA has done is essentially converted the Internet from this unprecedented zone of freedom into the most powerful means of surveillance ever known in human history.” -Glenn Greenwald

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Stefan Molyneux.]

“If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t get to print money for war. You don’t get to have money for a prison/industrial complex. You don’t get money for a war on drugs. You have to ask the people.”

“So bitcoin gives us an opportunity to reclaim the power of the people to say yes or no to what the government claims that it wants to do.”

“Freedom for the government is enslavement for the people. When the government is free the people are enslaved. When the government is contained then the people are free.”

“To limit money is to limit political power.”

“If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t get to print money for war. You don’t get to print money for a prison/industrial complex. You don’t get to print money for a war on drugs. You have to ask the people.”

“When you give government the power to control the money supply, it grows like a tumor until it extinguishes society itself.”

“There is going to be enormous amounts of resistance to the adoption of bitcoin, but I really believe that it’s about the most peaceful revolution that we can have in this world.”

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Podcast 376 – “Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet”


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We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Daniel Jabbour on April 13, 2014.

Celebrating The Life Of Daniel Jabbour: An Intersection Of Psychedelics, Activism And Technology

A transcript of this podcast is being created at https://www.fanscribed.com/transcripts/7-376-jabbor-coming-out-of-the-psychedelic-closet/ — we’ll finish it with a handful of volunteers but the more who can help, the faster it will be completed.

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Guest speaker: Daniel Jabbour

Daniel Jabbour delivering his Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

For anyone under the age of 30, this may be the most important podcast in the salon. Daniel Jabbor is a young entrepreneur and drug policy activist who, among many other accomplishments, and in a very short period of time, founded the now 4,000+ strong Psychedelic Society of San Francisco. Today’s podcast features two of Daniel’s talks, one from the recent Palenque Norte Lecture Series at the 2013 Burning Man Festival, and another from a psychedelic conference at which he detailed some of the successes of the SSDP, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. No matter what your age, this is an important message for you to think about. If you know history, you know that quite often it is the young people who are the ones to change its course. These talks by Daniel Jabbor will give you more positive hope for the future than you have had in a long time.

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Daniel Jabbour.]

“The War on Drugs was started as a way to control and segregate various groups of society.”

“The drug war is increasingly a war on youth. Over 50% of marijuana arrests in this country [the U.S.] are people under 29 years old.”

“We desire to alter our state of consciousness. It’s an evolutionary thing.”

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The Psychedelic Society of San Francisco

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the war on drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP comprises thousands of members at hundreds of campuses in countries around the globe.

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Podcast 372 – “The Intentionality of Meaning”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The world is not made of anti-mu mesons, quarks, and photons, and electromagnetic fields. Reality is made of words.”

“Language is something that springs from the biological matrix, and the neurological matrix, within us.”

“Culture is more and more consciously becoming a project carried out in the domain of language by, for instance, propaganda both governmental and commercial.”

“Once they pledge allegiance to a given model of reality, then that absolves all necessity for further thought.”

“Television, introduced at the close of World War II, has become a form of electronic heroin, and it isn’t even your trip. They don’t even let you go on your own trip, you get a trip designed by Madison Avenue.”

“I’m not an advocate for everything that rolls out of the laboratory. I’m an advocate for things sanctioned by millennia of usage.”

“I’m not an advocate of drugs. I’m an advocate of psychedelics.”

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Podcast 371 – “Civil Rights In Cyberspace”


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Guest speaker: John Gilmore

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[NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.]
“Marijuana, it turns out, is three-quarters of the illegal drug problem, because it’s three times as popular as all the other drugs put together. So if you can move marijuana out of the black market and into a legal and regulated market you’ve gotten rid of three-quarters of the crime, three-quarters of the violence, and three-quarters of the black market money. It changes the dynamics for the other drugs. It makes it much more of a small potatoes thing.”

“If you move away from [Google’s] free services you can move away from the part of the Net that’s the most heavily surveilled.”

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)Defending Your Rights in the Digital World

John Gilmore’s Home Page

Google has been secretly harvesting the passwords of all Wi-Fi devices everywhere

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Podcast 367 – “The Evolution of a Psychedelic Thinker”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“This is a very central part of the psychedelic attitude toward the world, to entertain all possibilities but to never commit to belief. Belief always being seen as a kind of trap, because if you belief something you are forever precluded from believing its opposite..”

“In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade.”

“Eros is an ego-overwhelming, boundary dissolving, breakthrough creating force scripted into human life that is pretty intrinsically psychedelic.”

“One of the core elements of this psychedelic thing is freedom, on the broadest scale.”

“Nothing is as boundary dissolving, except for psychedelic compounds, as travel. Travel is up there.”

“I have nothing but scorn for all weird ideas other than my own.”

“Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you’re practicing psychotherapy.”

“The archaic revival is an invitation to historical humanity to view itself as a kind of a prodigal son.”

“What the psychedelics are for us as a species, rather than for each one of us as an individual, what they are for us as a species is an enzyme that catalyzes the language-making capacity.”

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Podcast 362 – “Flashbacks”


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Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

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Today’s podcast features Dr. Timothy Leary reading a few selected chapters from his autobiography, Flashbacks. Interestingly, he begins this recording with Chapter 19, which details with his departure from Harvard.

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“We agreed that as much as we loved and respected Harvard University, this finishing school for Fortune 500 executives was not the place for philosophic activists bent on changing practically everything.”

“The State of California should be run like a successful business enterprise. . . . Anyone smart enough to live in California should be paid a dividend.”

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“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”


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