ERIC Number: ED030131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Rational View of Hallucinogenic Drugs.
McGlothlin, William H.
The enactment of California's "LSD Bill" is presented as an example of poor judgment in drug legislation on the state level. An appraisal of the nonmedical use of hallucinogens centering around the types of users, and the results of drug use, shows that the principal social impact of hallucinogens is on the personalities and values of the users. In an examination of the consequences of legal repression as a method of drug control, the following were considered: (1) the consequences of unrestricted use or of nonpunitive controls, (2) whether the laws are enforceable, (3) whether the prescribed punishment is commensurate with the offense, and (4) the value of deterrence versus the law's unintended side effects. Legal repression at the user level will probably be reduced in the future. The society will continue to disapprove of cultist withdrawal centered around the use of drugs, but individuals who seek pleasure or growth through drugs and pursue these goals within the social order will enjoy increasing social acceptance. (Author/PS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Drug Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Detroit, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Drug Education Conference, Washington, D.C., November 7-8, 1966.