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Science News Continues to Ignore the Drug War

open letter to Laura Sanders

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher

June 29, 2023

i, Laura.

Thanks for the great articles over the years, but I have a long-standing complaint with Science News and all other authoritative science sources in the nation. With due respect, you all "reckon without the Drug War."

You ask the question: what IS the solution for depression?

My answer is simple: RE-LEGALIZE MOTHER NATURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The depression "crisis" would end overnight if folks could chew the coca leaf -- or use any of hundreds of drugs on an intermittent basis.

But Science News completely ignores such treatments in blind fealty to the Drug War ideology which tells us that outlawed substances have no positive uses for anybody, at any dose, for any reason, ever.

If Science News really feels this way, they should have a disclaimer that states that fact. If they don't, then they should wake up to the fact that they are self-censoring themselves when telling us about depression, anxiety and consciousness, etc.

The stories about electrifying the brain and using implants scares and bothers me. How dare we use all these technological fixes when we've outlawed any help from Mother Nature? My uncle's brain was destroyed by shock therapy -- because we outlawed all godsend medicines that could have cheered him up. That's Christian Science barbarism.

Many places now allow euthanasia: in the age of the Drug War, this means that we will let people use drugs to kill themselves but we will not let them use drugs to make themselves want to live!!!!!!

When is Science News going to acknowledge the role that the Drug War plays in censoring science and keeping you guys from writing about these issues???

This is about the tenth letter that I've written to Science News on this topic and I've always been ignored.

Please, please, do me a favor and at least take these ideas "on board."

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By reading "Drug Warriors and Their Prey," I begin to understand why I encounter a wall of silence when I write to authors and professors on the subject of "drugs." The mere fact that the drug war inspires such self-censorship should be grounds for its immediate termination.
Many articles in science mags need this disclaimer: "Author has declined to consider the insights gained from drug-induced states on this topic out of fealty to Christian Science orthodoxy." They don't do this because they know readers already assume that drugs will be ignored.

ECT is like euthanasia. Neither make sense in the age of prohibition.

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