“Despite a longstanding prohibition on psychedelics dating back to the 1970s, scientific and public interest in these substances is growing”
Now is an important time to recall that Dr. Timothy Leary lost his job at Harvard after promoting the use of LSD. It’s a shame he’s no longer with us.
Campus Reform reports:
Harvard Law School to launch center for studying legalization of psychedelics, including their ‘equity’
Harvard Law School is launching an initiative to study the legality of psychedelic drugs.
The “Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation” (POPLAR) will promote “safety, innovation, and equity in psychedelics research, commerce, and therapeutics,” per a university press release.
“Despite a longstanding prohibition on psychedelics dating back to the 1970s, scientific and public interest in these substances is growing,” explained the university, citing the FDA’s 2018 designation of psilocybin as a “breakthrough for treatment-resistant depression.” The school also referred to the recent decriminalization of psychedelics in Oregon.
POPLAR is reportedly “the first academic initiative focused on psychedelics law and policy, positioned to be a global leader for research and education in this space.”
“Right now, there are a handful of psychedelics research centers at universities around the country. However, they are focused on clinical research,” said POPLAR Project Lead Mason Marks in the release. “There is no systematic research being done on psychedelics law, and POPLAR will fill this gap.”
The project will last for three years and will be supported by a grant from the Saisei Foundation, a group that “provides psychiatric diagnostic medical services and inpatient treatment,” according to Bloomberg.
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