Regulating the Hallucinogens

The hallucinogens (including, for this purpose, MDMA and its relatives), have been or could be used to treat disease, to generate spiritual experience both individually and communally, and to enhance creativity, in addition to their recreational/social uses. Those four uses suggest different regulatory approaches. Neither
the risks nor the benefits associated with hallucinogen use are sufficiently close to those of alcohol or of the other classes of controlled drugs to allow a simple appropriation of existing regulatory schemes.

This video is from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference taking in place in San Jose, California on April 15-18, 2010. The conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.

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