Aside from an assault on The Human Rights Act, the new Tory government are in the process of removing their citizenry’s freedom to experience non-ordinary states of consciousness through the use of mind-altering substances.
The proposed legislation can be found here.
- The bill makes production supply, offer to supply, possession with intent to supply, import or export of any psychoactive substance illegal.
- The bill lists various “legitimate” forms of mind altering substances: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and medical products.
- This legislation is tantamount to a prescription of approved psychological states: working, consuming, and self-abuse with alcohol/tobacco are the only options available to British citizens from now on.
- The exception of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco make it clear that the “legitimacy” of given substances has nothing to do with harmfulness to individual users, but compatibility with current social norms and economic needs.
- Banned substances will, presumably, include ALL ENTHEOGENS , regardless of their history of use, their spiritual associations, and their mind-expanding qualities.
- Substances are banned are to be banned solely on the basis of whether or not they are psychoactive: regardless of any research or understanding of the potential harms or benefits of a given substance.
- Controlling neurological states is a clear infringement of our right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion: given that all religious, cognitive and emotional states can be correlated with (and are widely believed to be caused by) neurological states.
- With other countries making progress on the march against prohibition towards a free citizenry, Britain regresses into cognitive fascism.
Watch this space for a petition and protest information.
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Sign Caroline Lucas’s petition here:
Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – Impact Assessment
Responsible department: Home Office
Drug related harms and the costs to society remain high in Britain, with a growing consensus that the current enforcement led approach is not working. In recent months the independent UK Drugs Policy Commission has highlighted the fact that Government is spending around £3 billion a year on a policy that is often self-defeating; and the Home Affairs Select Committee has concluded Government action is needed “now, more than ever” to consider all the alternatives to our failing drug laws and learn from countries that have adopted a more evidence based approach. We are concerned that, in this age of austerity, nobody is checking whether Britain’s current approach is value for money – or money wasted. We therefore call on the Government to commission an authoritative and independent cost-benefit analysis and impact assessment of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 within the next 12 months, in order to provide the evidence for Parliament to pursue a more effective drugs policy in the future.
Started yesterday in response to Cameron’s unmoving position on drug legislation:
Please sign this petition to force a Royal Commission on Drug Law Reform:
In two months the petition has gained over 10,000 signatures, with your help we can reach the 100,000 signatures require to force a parliamentary debate on the issue.
PLEASE SIGN HERE: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29
Which expresses “A desire for the House of Commons to give a comprehensive debate regarding the merits of legalising cannabis. A need for Parliament to discuss the consequences of legalisation on health, the police force, the economy and our civil liberties. An aim to classify cannabis in line with drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.”
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Other Cognitive Liberty related petitions can be found here.