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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 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.

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  • (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.