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We dedicate this monthly newsletter to the tens of millions of "drug" users who are unjustly targeted by inherently anti-intellectual and anti-humanitarian prohibition laws. A war against insight, against people of color and the middle class. Truly, a war on knowledge and human evolution. We dedicate this to the women standing up for the human rights and dignity of humanity in this war


April 2016 Newsletter :
PLANET EARTH TO UNGASS 2016

Last gasp; the call for sanity at a United Nations askew. Less than 17 days until "A Drug-Free World" digs its' heels in for another decade.

Did you know? The actual negotiations on the UNGASS 2016 outcome document were conducted behind closed doors...civil society was excluded from observing.  

“the UNGASS is now perilously close to representing a serious systemic failure of the UN system… an expensive restatement of previous agreements.  As a result, the outcome document itself is not a realistic or forward-looking reflection of the current drug policy environment, and fails to reflect many of the submissions made by UN entities, member states and others. Instead, it blindly applauds that “tangible progress has been achieved” with little indication of what progress is being referred to". -Jamie Bridge , IDPC Senior Policy and Operations Manager



DECRIMINALIZE! The war against public health has gone on long enough.

Who is calling for decriminalization?

1) World Health Organization
2) UN Development Programme
3) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
4)
UN Women
5) International Drug Policy Consortium
6) Johns Hopkins/Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and Health


"...it was disappointing to note that they had little, if any, impact on the negotiations". -Jamie Bridge , IDPC Senior Policy and Operations Manager

So it's off to Hawaii?
Scroll down to learn more...


"The pursuit of drug prohibition has generated a parallel economy run by criminal networks....the evidence also clearly demonstrates that enforcement of drug laws has been applied in a discriminatory way against racial and ethnic minorities..."
- Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy



Grassroots to Global: Rejecting Nixon-esque Backroom Conversations at UNGASS 2016

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” -John Ehrlichman, the former Nixon domestic affairs adviser who spent time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal

"Drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong policies have destroyed many more"  -UN Secretary General Ko Annan

"In fact, the actual negotiations on the UNGASS (2016) outcome document were conducted behind closed doors through a non-inclusive and, at times, seemingly deliberately confusing process presided over by the UNGASS Board. Civil society was excluded from observing. Even European Union officials and the South African Deputy Minister of Social Development were asked to leave the room at one point!" -Jamie Bridge , IDPC Senior Policy and Operations Manager

However, across the planet people are standing alongside their friends and families, educators, social service providers and more. Politicians and governments are responding, and joining in. Where is decriminalization being actively assessed, implemented, and deeply explored?

"The proposal was approved by a 7-1 margin. Hawaii could become the first U.S. state to decriminalize all drugs, after a proposal to study that possibility recently cleared the House Committee on Judiciary ."  -Honolulu Civil Beat

"Commercial medicine, as opposed to compassionate medicine, is willing to torture all of Peru, and all of Detroit, forever, rather than admit that coca leaf is a safe, healthful chew and tea."
-Dan Russell in Drug War: Covert Money, Power & Policy



Where? Here, there, and many wheres.

Nearly 11% of Countries in the World are experimenting with
some form of decriminalization.
  


Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Belgium
Brazil*
Chile
Columbia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Germany
Italy
Mexico
Netherlands
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Spain
Uruguay
United States


-Ari Rosmarin and Niamh Eastwood in the publication A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminilization in Policies and Practice across the Globe.

'For example, in Brazil* in 1985, The Ministry of Health and the Federal Council on Narcotics ordered a battery of tests on "sociological, anthropological, chemical, medical, and general health aspects" of ayahuasca religions'.
 

"...moral and ethical standards of behavior, similar in every respect to those which exist and are recommended in our society, are observed within the various sects, at times in an even stricter manner. Respect for the law always appeared to be emphasized..the ritual use of the tea does not appear to be disruptive or to have adverse effects upon the social interactions of the various sects' followers. On the contrary, it appears to orient them towards seeking social contentment in an orderly and productive manner". 


Q&A: A Place for the Space
 

Q: "...What's a Basho?"

A: "... A Basho is a place, a physical place"

Q: "...And Tokoro?"

A: "
Tokoro is an abstract description of a place, meaning more like a "state" or a place in time and space.

So it's kinda of like Japanese for 'set and setting', Tokoro and Basho. 
場 所

" Wasson was certainly correct in ranking Japan as one of the world’s most mycophilic civilizations."
-Kyoto Journal


LOCAL VOICES: Real Issues.

"I don't think you even know how many doctors, lawyers, football players, professors and average Joes experimented with LSD in that generation (many still do although Ecstasy, MDMA, mushrooms have filled in the palette)".

"Indigenous peoples for centuries have used mind altering substances in accepted rituals by the way".
-From a Kesey Square Advocate



Travel; it's where you go...

Drugs of Desires; Plants of Consideration

"...the differences between 'drugs of desire' (mainly cocaine, crack, and speed)". 

"...the difference between 'drugs of pleasure' (mainly marijuana and hallucinogens)".

"...the former as reflecting the main ideology of western culture - consumerism - in that frequent users tend to fixate on acquiring more to the exclusion of everything else"

"...while the latter tend to interdict the consumerist mind-set by letting users savor everyday activities and objects already at hand"


-David Lenson and Utne Reader in On Drugs



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Available for check-out at our public lending library collection.


READ SCIENCE BOOKS
"A guide for policy makers; analyzes our culture's love-hate relationship with mood-altering substances from the user's point of view"
On Drugs by David Lenson

AN AUDIO FAREWELL TO RAINY WINTERS
"
explore the haunting mystery of the deep boglands of North Karelia through ultra-spacious atmospheres, groovy beats, and plenty of self-recorded natures sounds from the wild reaches of the Finnish outback. "
Bog Planet by Mac Davis (donate to Ektoplazm, too)

VISUALIZE HEALTH
"deep green, fern, pine green, moss, jade"
Divinorum:The Documentary by
Roberto López Mélinchon

TAKE A CLASS
"what if we imagined a world beyond dogma and high-powered money-driven drug development. what if we rolled up our sleeves and got to it?"


"Pharmacracy nov. verb. - A state in which medicine takes the traditional place of religion as the right-hand of politics; in which medical rationales are used to justify specific instances of political control or intolerance" -Jonathan Ott in The Age of Entheogens & The Angels' Dictionary
 



WHAT IS COGNITIVE LIBERTY?

"Though a relatively recently defined concept, many theorists see cognitive liberty as being of increasing importance as technological advances in neuroscience allow for an ever-expanding ability to directly influence consciousness. Cognitive liberty is not a recognized right in any international human rights treaties, but has gained a limited level of recognition in the United States, and is argued to be the principle underlying a number of recognized rights".

Casey William Hardison in Entheogens, Society & Law: Towards a Politics of Consciousness, Autonomy and Responsibility



YOU CAN: Help make it happen
(Ethnobotanical Equality)

OUR HANDS: Our health freedom
  

:1:
WE TALK TOGETHER


:2:
WE SHARE ART


:3:
WE GROW TOGETHER


:4:
JOIN OUR NEW VOLUNTEERS


 


A Personal Statement
from "You?"


....



ARE YOU (DEEPLY) EXPERIENCED?

Discover where and why the rules can change. The UK Psychoactives Bill is under scrutiny from MANY angles.
 

Ban on legal highs delayed over concerns law is not enforceable

Home Office confirms act will not come into effect on 6 April following confusion over definition of psychoactive substance.

SEE HERE



Thank you,
Ferti-Lab!


We thank the fine professional folks at Ferti-Lab for their steadfast dedication to science.

Ferti-Lab is currently our associate in ECfES.orgs' long-term mission to study ethnobotanicals. Ferti-Lab is building a new bio-tech wet lab with exciting possibilities.


ECfES.org has a Home
The ECfES.org public lending library is currently housed and open to the public within Ferti-Lab.
 



LAST LOCAL EVENT OF THE SPRING SEASON

INTO NATURE: A FREE FORAY WITH AN ETHNOBOTANICAL ADVOCATE!
The Mariposa Woodland is located near Spencer’s Butte. Come explore key habitats of Eugene such as oak-pine woodland, savanna, and prairie.  This land contains many large heritage trees, some which are more than 500 years old.  In addition, Mariposa has high quality ground vegetation which contains many native grasses and flowers.
------->April 2, 2016 at 11:00AM
SIGN UP HERE OR CONTACT US to RSVP!
(Limited Space Available)

" Have you had the opportunity to explore with psychoactive plants and substances, but still have questions about your safety, the possible health risks, and the very real legal concerns? Or maybe the information you are finding online isn't quite as fulfilling as talking with someone in person, who can meet you eye to eye, heart to heart. In particular, someone who understands the power of these plants and medicines, the struggle to integrate them, and the secret passion to share their healing potential beyond ourselves".
- The Team @ ECfES.org

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for information on opportunities for participation in this unique, grass-roots.

Calling for the decrimilization of non-violent drug offenses including use, possession, and petty sale.

Professor Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and Co-author of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy Report published weeks before UNGASS.

Megan Comfort, PhD.

Dr. Comfort’s research interests and areas of expertise include families and incarceration, HIV risk and prevention, and health disparities among urban poor populations. She is the author of an ethnographic study of the “secondary prisonization” of women in relationships with incarcerated men. Co-Author of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission

Joanne Csete PhD, MPH

 Adjunct associate professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Expert on health and human rights, especially access to health services for criminalized persons and gender-related rights. Co-author of Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy.

 

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