420: Where do Transhumanists Stand on Cannabis Legalization?

Transhumanists Are Drug Law Reform Advocates

Cannabis_sativa_Koehler_drawingAn enormous constituency for transhumanism are the billions of people whose lives are harmed by laws against cognitive liberty, i.e. laws against illicit drugs. Drug dependency is a huge public health problem and should treated as such. All the problems associated with drug use are made worse by the Drug War.

In this century drugs and other brain control technologies will only become more complex, and the technologies of surveillance and repression more powerful. A society that denies us the right to put cannabis in our brain, and forces us to pee on demand to prove we haven’t, is a society more likely to tell us we can’t use intelligence enhancers and mood modifiers and willing to use new technologies of repression to ensure we don’t.

For instance, drug vaccines that prevent the action of specific drugs are not simply being developed as voluntary tools for people trying to kick addictions, but as preventive measures that businesses can require their employees to take. A far better use of public monies, as Aldous Huxley proposed in Doors of Perception and transhumanist David Pearce proposes in “The Hedonistic Imperative,” would be to develop better drugs with fewer health risks.

Fighting the Drug War puts transhumanists in solidarity not only with the millions of political prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug use and possession, but also with the new cutting edge activists for cognitive liberty, such as Wrye Sententia and her Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, who is working to “establish, promote, and protect the right of each individual to use the full spectrum of his or her mind, to engage in multiple modes of thought, and to experience alternative states of consciousness.”

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Global Marijuana Legality

Recent scientific results additionally support an even stronger positive position on cannabis and some psychedelics as well. Cannabis and derivatives have been demonstrated to help maintain healthy weight and metabolic functioning, cure some cancers, and even moderate intractable epileptic seizures. Psychedelics are being tested as treatments for PTSD as well as both MDMA (ecstasy) and marijuana.

Legality of Psilocybin mushrooms by country   blue = Legal    yellow = Ambiguous/Partially legal/Decriminalized   red =  Illegal

 

Jason Silva waxes philosophical on legalization in a recent Shot of Awe.

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This short article originally appeared on the WTA site here. Update by Peter Rothman.