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    But Scalia's ruling on peyote is as horrible as everything else he does.  Research has shown that individuals who use peyote associated with the Native American church have lower rates of alcoholism or other substance abuse and better health across a wide range of health indicators.  Psilocybin is currently being investigated as a possible treatment for PTSD, in association with supportive psychotherapy.  Our crazy drug policy prevents important research and misses the boat on legitimate pharmacological and spiritual use of hallucinogens. Peyote isn't precisely a drug, and shouldn't be thought of that way by Scalia or others. People eating peyote to "party" is nuts and I oppose wholesale use of hallucinogens to get high.  But there should be some sort of way of tolerating regulated use of peyote or other hallucinogens for careful (I'm tempted to say "sober"!) religious or spiritual purposes, or in the context of legitimate treatment.  We need to find a way forward on that.

    My concern is that Lophophora takes 50 years to mature and is under huge pressure from development and from licensed peyoteros.  It's getting quite scarce in south Texas.  It's a plant of tremendous historical, cultural and spiritual significance, and needs (a) its habitat protected (b) artificial cultivation to assure an adequate supply for those who use it with respect and (c) a rational and careful approach and not the current drug war insanity for those who grow it, use it, conserve it.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 03:08:53 PM PST

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