Following on from our article on the basic injustice of UK policy and law in relation to psychedelics. Let’s look at an individual case.
Casey Hardison is an entheogenic activist, he was arrested in 2004 for the manufacture of psychedelic or entheogenic-type drugs LSD, DMT and 2C-B in Britain. Casey was an unauthorised researcher of psychedelics and a psychedelic-chemist.
Still serving a twenty year sentence. Hardison has given a great deal of thought to the UK political landscape and how its interaction with the criminal justice system panders to the electoral majority.
“Hardison views [the legal arguments for decriminalising psychedelics] through the lens of equal rights and equal protection, recognizing that a fair balance has not been struck between the public’s right to protection and the individual’s right to autonomy.
Crucially, Casey has come to see that the English Parliament has crafted a beautifully evolutive and dynamic legal framework with inherent regulatory flexibility suitable to all ‘dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs’, including alcohol and tobacco, but that the United Kingdom Government has not been operating the law in a consistent and evidenced-based manner as Parliament intended, i.e., regulation proportionate to objective evidence of risks posed by different drugs property when used. Instead, Government has the balance tilted in favor of the electoral majority who exercise property rights in the ‘dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs’ alcohol and tobacco based on arbitrary historical and cultural factors which lack the consistent and objective basis mandated by the Rule of Law.
Casey believes, and now has the evidence and Government admissions to demonstrate it, that Government under-regulates the conduct of the electoral majority who prefer to exercise property rights in drugs property such as alcohol and tobacco whilst over-regulating the conduct of minorities who prefer to exercise property rights in other drugs property with substantially similar or even less potential to cause harm to individuals and/or society when misused.
This unequal treatment is contrary to the common law principle of equal applicability of neutral laws and illegal in terms of Government’s statutory duties under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. As such, Casey believes this unequal treatment denies equal rights and equal protection to all citizens whilst contributing to tens-of-thousands of unnecessary deaths and imprisonments each year on both sides of the irrational distinction and that neither the people nor Parliament intends these consequences.
In addition to his criminal litigation, Casey has launched civil legal actions challenging the UK Government to honour their commitment to implement evidence- based policy making where like cases are treated alike and unlike cases are treated differently.
Text quoted from http://www.freecasey.org/ please go there to help Casey get out.
Cognitive Liberty UK would like to express our deep gratitude and respect for Casey and the fight he has taken on.