On The Right to Get High

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Margolin, Allison B. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-15T20:27:55Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citation On The Right to Get High (2002 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8889470
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that the criminalization of drugs, via the criteria the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] uses to put drugs into different schedules, is illegitimate on scientific and philosophical grounds. The most contemporary developments in the study of drug use and drug addiction, undermine the legitimacy of the FDA scheme (as embodied in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970); these developments suggest that addiction to a drug is a result, not a cause, of the psychological difficulties a person may be experiencing while using the drug(s). What is known about drugs suggests that the way a drug is experienced, including whether someone has an addictive relationship with a drug, depends on the “setâ€, or “one’s internal environment and personality characteristicsâ€, and “setting†“the external social and physical environment.†Therefore, it is far more than the pharmacological properties of a drug—and those properties’ impact on the neurochemistry of an individual—that are responsible for the way a drug is experienced. The FDA scheme ignores “set†and “setting;†it magnifies the role of the drug’s pharmacological properties to the drug experience and conflates physical and psychological addiction. The FDA scheme is illegitimate, and through its use in controlling drugs, violates the right animating the spirit of the Constitution and our laws: to stimulate, control, and manipulate one’s own brain and body. This paper addresses the way in which drug prohibition violates the fundamental right to cognitive liberty, and in doing so fills in some holes in the legal basis for the right to use drugs currently being formulated by attorney Richard Glen Boire. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject cognitive liberty en
dc.subject drugs en
dc.subject addiction en
dc.subject Lance Dodes en
dc.subject psychedelics en
dc.subject cocaine en
dc.subject marijuana en
dc.subject drug laws en
dc.subject free will en
dc.subject alchemind en
dc.title On The Right to Get High en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-15T20:27:55Z

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