|In this interview Edwin Stratton of the Drug
Equality Alliance, clearly explains the basics of our
legal arguments and talks about his case. We strongly
recommend that you listen to this as an introduction to
the Drug Equality Alliance's legal arguments.
(Source: Dopefiend Dopecast 168)
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Beyond the War on Drugs Convention, 2011
Filmed at the Beyond the War on Drugs convention in London, Charlotte Walsh discusses Drug Equality Alliance founding member Casey Hardison’s legal argument that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is not being correctly applied by the Home Secretary and the Advisory Council for Misuse of Drugs.
SSDP UK Conference 2009
On the 11th of November 2009, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held an audience with Professor David Nutt, shortly following his sacking as chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. You can watch it here:
A team of leading scientists has spent two years analysing the effects of twenty widely used drugs. Is alcohol Britain's most dangerous drug?
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Casey Hardison, a founding member of the Drug Equality Alliance, is currently serving a 20 year sentence in the UK for the manufacture of LSD, DMT and 2C-B. He is fighting a legal battle through the UK legal system and the European Court of Human Rights challenging the arbitrary, irrational and discriminatory administration of drug laws under which he has been convicted. This speech was recorded from prison and played in the closing ceremony of the World Psychedelic Forum in Basel in March 2008.
An interesting documentary on the roots of Marijuana prohibition, amusingly narrated by Woody Harrelson. As you watch it, keep in mind that Harry J. Anslinger, the first "Drugs Czar" who spearheaded Marijuana prohibition in the United States, is also responsible for laying down the foundations for the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (which is the international treaty that forms the bedrock of the global drug control regime). Adopted in 1961, the treaty consolidated several preceding treaties, broadening the domain of world drug control agencies in respect of the regulation of a variety of substances. The Single Convention has been extremely influential in standardising national drug control laws. In particular it provided a template for the United States' Controlled Substances Act and the United Kingdom's Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Some quotes by Harry J. Anslinger, the "godfather" of international drug control:
"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."
"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."
"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."
"Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men."
"Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing"
"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother."
"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."
Although these quotes may seem ridiculous by today's standards, we must bear in mind that similar moral panics continue today, albeit usually articulated in a more politically correct language and presented as public health protection policies.