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posted by mrpg on Sunday October 14 2018, @05:03PM   Printer-friendly
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From 'problem child' to 'prodigy'? LSD turns 75

Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image.

The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz.

He wanted the drug to be medically researched, convinced it could be a valuable psychiatric tool and lead to a deeper understanding of human consciousness.

But through the 1960s, LSD became synonymous with counterculture and anti-authority protests.

By the early 1970s, it had been widely criminalised in the West, prompting Hofmann to publish his 1979 memoir, "LSD: My Problem Child".


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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:08PM (15 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:08PM (#748685)

    Some of my closest friends were pals with Timothy Leary, and they still think he was right about acid, MDMA, and quite a few other drugs.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PartTimeZombie on Sunday October 14 2018, @08:47PM (14 children)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Sunday October 14 2018, @08:47PM (#748709)

    I think he was right about LSD and MDMA too.

    The only other drug I have experience with is pot, and I do not understand why that isn't also legal.

    Somewhere, someone is having fun, and that annoys the shit out of some people.

    • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:00PM (4 children)

      by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:00PM (#748712)

      "Somewhere, someone is having fun, and that annoys the shit out of some people."

      Yep, now to go annoy those people, Sunday is one of seven different sales days at the local pot shop! (err, Cannabis Retailer that is...)
      Mmmm, extracts on sale today at Green Nugget, Satori has a sale on high end bud and Royal Cannabis has selected growers day... choices, choices....

      Doing my part to give Jeff Sessions a stroke.....

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:39PM (3 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:39PM (#748725) Journal

        So, how do employers deal with legal pot, and insurance mandated drug testing? Have they come up with some bullshit method to determine whether you smoked the stuff three weeks ago, or that you smoked it ten minutes before arriving to pee in the bottle? Do bonehead managers still fire people for having pot in their system?

        • (Score: 2) by legont on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:39PM (2 children)

          by legont (4179) on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:39PM (#748753)

          People still do get fired for failing drug tests. A very good software developer and a friend just got burned.

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          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Monday October 15 2018, @05:32AM (1 child)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 15 2018, @05:32AM (#748840) Journal

            A few of those cases should be wending their way through the courts by now. If it's not against the law to indulge, then what business is it of the boss? The test is illegal, in and of itself, unless a judge issues a warrant. No one has the right to pry into my private life, or to force or coerce me into supplying a urine or blood sample.

            • (Score: 2) by legont on Tuesday October 16 2018, @12:33AM

              by legont (4179) on Tuesday October 16 2018, @12:33AM (#749318)

              Certain occupations have stricter requirements; say medical or financial personal. In fact there are very few professions of upper middle class level without that kind of restrictions.

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    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:37PM (7 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:37PM (#748724)

      The only other drug I have experience with is pot, and I do not understand why that isn't also legal.

      Because Nixon hated hippies but wasn't allowed to target them directly. Nobody since has had the backbone to point out the emperor's state undress.

      • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Sunday October 14 2018, @10:22PM (6 children)

        by Thexalon (636) on Sunday October 14 2018, @10:22PM (#748730)

        Nobody since has had the backbone to point out the emperor's state undress.

        Not exactly "nobody": Right now a majority of the US supports full legalization of pot. Those with power, however, continue to ignore those pleas on the federal level.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:09PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:09PM (#748747)

          Its more profitable being illegal.

        • (Score: 2) by Whoever on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:53PM (4 children)

          by Whoever (4524) on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:53PM (#748760) Journal

          Particularly stupid: the Democratic politicians.

          The issue could be portrayed as one of States' rights: make it legal in those states that have chosen to legalize and regulate it. States can choose to make it legal or not. Everyone wins. Why the Dems don't jump on this bandwagon, I really don't understand.

          • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 15 2018, @04:45AM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 15 2018, @04:45AM (#748831)

            Because the Dems don't want to decentralize power. If they could, they would revoke the 10th Amendment and leave the states with nothing more than the ability to organize trash pickup, and that only while supervised.

            • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Monday October 15 2018, @05:08PM

              by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 15 2018, @05:08PM (#749138) Journal

              While true, it abstracts incorrectly. Those in power at the Federal level don't want those at the lower levels to have power. This is also true at the state level, where state laws override city laws.

              To some extent this is necessary for a workable civilization. But in every case it needs to be limited. Unfortunately, there's no decent way to enforce the limitations at the upper levels.

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          • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday October 15 2018, @05:51PM (1 child)

            by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday October 15 2018, @05:51PM (#749157) Journal

            Why the Dems don't jump on this bandwagon, I really don't understand.

            Dems did. Most of the states that have legalized it are blue states.

            • (Score: 2) by Whoever on Tuesday October 16 2018, @03:10AM

              by Whoever (4524) on Tuesday October 16 2018, @03:10AM (#749377) Journal

              Yes, but the Feds still consider it to be illegal. That has lots of knock-on effects, such as high prices.

    • (Score: 2) by Whoever on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:51PM

      by Whoever (4524) on Sunday October 14 2018, @11:51PM (#748759) Journal

      The only other drug I have experience with is pot, and I do not understand why that isn't also legal.

      Because, unlike alcohol, it's the drug of choice for blacks.