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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: 5, Insightful) by fyngyrz on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:21PM (2 children)

    by fyngyrz (6567) on Sunday October 14 2018, @07:21PM (#748688) Journal

    Abolish the DEA

    Abolish prohibition entirely. Drugs, prostitution, gambling, and all the parasitic government operations that exist to feed off them. Tax these things instead of destroying the lives and families of those who wish to engage in such pursuits any point in the economic chain.

    This would save us a ton of currently spent tax money, generate considerable non-black-market economic activity generating new tax money, while at the same time actually respecting personal liberty and freeing families from the huge damage government has been inflicting on them.

    Who loses? Only government and pulpit parasites.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Pslytely Psycho on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:20PM (1 child)

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Sunday October 14 2018, @09:20PM (#748716)

    "new tax money,"

    My state made $319 million last year in new tax money, Cannabis Retailers are nearly as ubiquitous as espresso stands, and those are damn near on every corner.
    (I pass 11 espresso stands and 8 weed stores in a ten mile drive to work.)

    They won't give that up easily or willingly. Plus cops are more effective as they don't waste their time with weed smokers anymore. Crime is down, tax revenue is up, employment is up (most budtenders start at $12 to $13 per hour and $20 isn't unheard of for the best budtenders and trimmers), the black market is nearly extinct as the prices are the same or better than the street was. It's a regular liberal hellhole.

    Too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

    And we have mountains, lakes galore, forests everywhere and open carry.

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    • (Score: 2) by fyngyrz on Sunday October 14 2018, @10:31PM

      by fyngyrz (6567) on Sunday October 14 2018, @10:31PM (#748734) Journal

      It's a regular liberal hellhole.


      Too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

      Well, that one, anyway. The idiots have bottled up a lot more genies that still need to be let loose.