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     If you are looking for truthful and reliable online information about the War on Drugs, we recommend beginning at one of the following websites:

  • Erowid.org is the Web's best resource for information about particular substances.
  • The Center for Cognitive Liberty is your best source for the latest information on the legal front in the War on Drugs.
  • The Drug Policy Alliance The guiding principle of the Alliance is harm reduction, an alternative approach to drug policy and treatment that focuses on minimizing the adverse effects of both drug use and drug prohibition.
  • MAPS is the place to go to read about the latest in psychedelic research.
  • The Albert Hofmann Foundation is a treasure house of historical and scientific information about entheogen research.
  • Entheos is the place to go if you are interested in the spiritual aspects of psychedelics
  • Marijuana Policy Project focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.

     While there are many other good resources on the Internet that deal with the topic of the War on Drugs, the publishers of the following websites are personally known by us to be highly reputable and trustworthy. If you are looking for information in print, there are three publications that we highly recommend, Entheos, The Entheogen Review, and Trip Magazine. All of these publications are guided by people we know and trust.

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     The Center for Cognitive Liberty is an international nonprofit association of people working in the public interest to protect the fundamental right to freedom of thought. We celebrate, foster, and protect cognitive liberty: the right of each individual to think independently, to use the full spectrum of his or her mind, and to engage in multiple modes of thought and alternative states of consciousness. We encourage social policies that protect cognitive autonomy, the right of each individual to remain free from compelled or surreptitious manipulations of consciousness by outside forces. At the collective level, we believe that some cultural crises are the result of truncated consciousness. These crises might be overcome by rethinking, and ultimately removing, some of the prohibitions that currently constrict creative and innovative thought.

The Drug Policy Alliance
Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization working to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, health and human rights. The Alliance was formerly known as The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation. The Lindesmith Center, created in 1994, was the leading independent drug policy reform institute in the United States. The Drug Policy Foundation, founded in 1987, represented over 25,000 supporters and was the principal membership-based organization advocating for more sensible and humane drug policies. The two organizations merged on July 1, 2000 with the objective of building a national drug policy reform movement.

The guiding principle of the Alliance is harm reduction, an alternative approach to drug policy and treatment that focuses on minimizing the adverse effects of both drug use and drug prohibition. The Alliance and its affiliated organizations are deeply involved in educating Americans and others about alternatives to current drug policies on issues ranging from marijuana and adolescent drug use to illicit drug addiction, the spread of infectious diseases, policing drug markets and alternatives to incarceration. Particular attention is paid to analyzing the experiences of foreign countries in reducing drug-related harms.

     Erowid.org is an online library of information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related topics. The information on the site is a compilation of the experiences, words, and efforts of hundreds of individuals including users, parents, health professionals, doctors, therapists, chemists, researchers, teachers, and lawyers. Erowid acts as a publisher of new information as well as a library for the collection of documents published elsewhere. The information found on the site spans the spectrum from solid peer reviewed research to fanciful creative writing. The library contains over 13,000 documents related to psychoactives including images, research summaries & abstracts, media articles, experience reports, information on chemistry, dosage, effects, law, health, traditional & spiritual use, and drug testing. Over 18,000 people visit the site each day, making more than 2.8 million unique visitors in the past year.

     The Albert Hofmann Foundation: Throughout history people have used mind-expanding substances to explore consciousness and enhance their lives. Our purpose at the Albert Hofmann Foundation is to gather the records of these endeavors and to further the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic substances in the investigation of both individual and collective consciousness.
Dr. Albert Hofmann, on the occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of his famous bicycle ride:
"You, my dear friends, and millions all over the world who now commemorate the 50th birthday of ergot's child, we all testify gratefully that we got valuable help on the way to what Aldous Huxley said is the end and the ultimate purpose of human life--enlightenment, beatific vision, love. I think all these joyful testimonies of invaluable help by LSD should be enough to convince the health authorities, finally, of the nonsense of the prohibition of LSD and of similar psychedelics."

      The Marijuana Policy Project Mission Statement: In the United States, more than 70 million people have tried marijuana, and millions of adults still consume it on a regular basis. Almost everyone has a friend, relative, neighbor, or co-worker who consumes marijuana. Because of the widespread economic and criminal justice ramifications of the illicit marijuana market and of Marijuana Prohibition, the marijuana phenomenon touches nearly everyone's life. . . . All drugs are potentially harmful; marijuana is no exception -- and the entire range of marijuana policies, from total prohibition to total legalization, has drawbacks as well as benefits. As with alcohol and tobacco, there is no simple solution. . . . The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) understands that no one policy will solve all problems. Each potentially harmful effect of marijuana consumption and the myriad public and private marijuana control efforts must be thoroughly evaluated. Each policy option should be judged according to whether the overall harm is reduced or increased. Furthermore, public policies must be grounded in the reality that marijuana consumption is already widespread despite the present prohibition laws. . . . A "marijuana-free America" has been proven to be an unrealistic goal.


     The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based nonprofit research and educational organization with about 1800 members. We assist scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the healing and spiritual potentials of MDMA, psychedelic drugs, and marijuana. MAPS' goals are to promote scientific research designed to evaluate psychedelics and marijuana as potential prescription medicines, and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of these drugs.


     Jeffrey's Journey is a determined Mother's journal of what she had to go through in the battle to be able to treat her son with medical marijuana. . . . she is faced with losing her seven year old son to the "system" because nothing has made a difference in his out-of-control, aggressive, non-compliant behavior. . . . When faced with this possibility, she wades into unknown waters and discovers a medication that changes their lives. . . . Her plight has been highlighted on 48 HOURS, aired March 6, 2002, and the Sally Jessy Raphael Show. The audience feedback of support and overwhelming interest in the subject amazed everyone involved! This is a subject that touches many, many parents' hearts. . . . Jeffrey's Journey details the mental/behavioral problems, the legal battle, how the medical marijuana is actually prepared and administered, and the undeniable fact that it has changed Jeffrey's life.


Periodicals

     Entheos, a journal of psychedelic spirituality
     ENTHEOS is a community of enthusiasts, scholars and scientists who share a common interest in the role of entheogens as it pertains to human spirituality. Recognizing the important role of the 'psychedelic' experience, both past and present, to the development of spiritual expression, we intend to publish the most accurate, relevant, and current research available on the subject.

     The Journal ENTHEOS will provide a much-needed forum for specialists while encouraging a wide popular readership. It is our intention to provide a balanced and respectful perspective on this widely misunderstood and politically volatile subject.

     It is also our intention to help remedy the lamentable under-representation of entheogenic phenomena in mainstream scholarship. Broad discussion of the role of entheogens in human history can only widen the scope of humanity's collective pursuit of understanding.

     Though the journal will have a strong 'Wassonian' slant toward academic questions in anthropology, religious studies, art history, and history, ENTHEOS will include topics ranging from contemporary issues and current events to health and healing, the politics of entheogenic spirituality, discoveries in chemistry and biology, and the history of psychedelic scholarship.

     The Entheogen Review is a quarterly publication that serves as a clearinghouse for current data about the use of visionary plants and drugs. All communications are kept in the strictest confidence--unless otherwise requested, published material is identified only by the author's initials and state of residence. The mailing list is not for sale, rent, or loan.

Think of The Entheogen Review as a network newsletter; the voice of a community of subscribers seeking and sharing information on the cultivation, extraction, and ritual use of entheogens. Subjective results experienced by readers are published too. The Entheogen Review is dedicated to bringing you the latest, most accurate and novel data possible on these and related topics--information you cannot find anywhere else!

High Times magazine was conceived during the final, bitter stages of the Viet Nam War, in a nation that had just reelected Richard Nixon as its President. Although founder Thomas Hing Forcode was less than thirty years old when the first issue was published in 1974, he'd already earned a reputation in the emerging counterculture as an antiwar activist, patron of the underground press, renegade concert promoter, outlaw publisher (including Abbie Hoffman's Steal The Book), and general thorn in the square side of America. Less well knows was Forcode's more lucrative venture: international drug smuggling. That's the revenue source he tapped to start up High Times, which proved to be an immediate success. In the thirty years of high-minded publishing that followed, through many evolutions, High Times has remained a consistent champion of personal freedom in the face of a hypocritical government and corporate culture run amok.

High Times is also the force behind the Annual Cannabis Cup. If you are looking for an excuse to visit Amsterdam, this is it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

     Trip Magazine, a yearly journal celebrating the ongoing evolution of psychedelic subculture. Trip Media also publishes and sponsors the production of small-run art prints, books, informational pamphlets, and underground music compilations on CD and vinyl.

(Lawrence Hagerty's essay "To All Who Are Angry" appeared Trip #7.)


Books

     Mind Books: We're a mail-order book store focused on the "mind-expanding" plants and compounds, also called psychedelics, entheogens, or hallucinogens. We offer a wide selection of books, from advanced scientific research to personal and practical experiences, from how hallucinogenic plants have been used in other cultures to how we use psychedelics in our own. We offer a free print catalog; fast and discreet service worldwide; and easy credit card ordering by email, mail, phone, or fax.


Art

Flash representation of the psychedelic experience

Terence McKenna often espoused the use of animated computer graphics to craft a new language in which the psychedelic experience could be "discussed." This Flash presentation goes a long way toward realizing McKenna's vision.


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