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Timothy Leary eating Mushrooms in Mexico

Timothy Leary eating mushrooms in Mexico. The Leary archive is now at the New York Public Library. This article from Wired charts a small piece of it – his transformation from scientist, to guru.

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Just Say No

The Marijuana Policy Project has released their list of the 50 most influential pot smokers:

n order to have qualified for the list, each individual must (1) have tried marijuana at least once, (2) be alive, and (3) be living in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen. To create the list, we adopted the criteria used by Out Magazine to select their “Power 50” list of LGBT Americans. That means our choices are based on “power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person’s media profile” – not just on popularity or support for marijuana policy reform. Fortunately, many of them have expressed support, but there are some “bad guys” on there, too.

In sum, we’re not concerned with an individual’s popularity, or even whether he or she supports marijuana policy reform. Rather, the 2013 “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users” list is meant to identify people who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence.

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Over the past week or so, I have been listening, on and off, to a series called Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything Or Old Bob Exposes his Ignorance

This is a long series of interviews that Wilson did near the end of his life in which he spends hours detailing his philosophies regarding everything from drugs, to conspiracies to yoga to the internet. It’s a fascinating conversation. Very mellow. Very deep. And it’s a reminder of what a visionary intelligence R.A.W. was.

During one of the conversations he goes into a detailed analysis of Leary’s 8 circuit model of human consciousness, even lining the concept of each circuit up with a day of the week to make it easier to understand and remember.

The whole set in general is incredibly lucid, entertaining and engaging. Highly recommended to those looking to step outside of their reality tunnel for a few hours.  

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Now online from the Drug Policy Alliance: An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs: A Federal Legislative Guide

This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for federal legislative reforms related to civil rights, deficit reduction, law enforcement, foreign policy, sentencing and reentry, effective drug treatment, public health, and drug prevention education.

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Here is where you can read Carl Sagan’s essay on the pleasures of getting high:

I can remember the night that I suddenly realized what it was like to be crazy, or nights when my feelings and perceptions were of a religious nature. I had a very accurate sense that these feelings and perceptions, written down casually, would not stand the usual critical scrutiny that is my stock in trade as a scientist. If I find in the morning a message from myself the night before informing me that there is a world around us which we barely sense, or that we can become one with the universe, or even that certain politicians are desperately frightened men, I may tend to disbelieve; but when I’m high I know about this disbelief. And so I have a tape in which I exhort myself to take such remarks seriously. I say ‘Listen closely, you sonofabitch of the morning! This stuff is real!’ I try to show that my mind is working clearly; I recall the name of a high school acquaintance I have not thought of in thirty years; I describe the color, typography, and format of a book in another room and these memories do pass critical scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs. Such a remark applies not only to self-awareness and to intellectual pursuits, but also to perceptions of real people, a vastly enhanced sensitivity to facial expression, intonations, and choice of words which sometimes yields a rapport so close it’s as if two people are reading each other’s minds.