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Since time immemorial humans have used entheogens and other psychoactive drugs as integral tools for achieving insight and epistemological understanding, and to enter modes of thought conducive to physical and psychological healing. The work of many respected intellectuals, writers and artists has been influenced and inspired by the use of drugs that today are classified as illegal “controlled substances.” Today, worldwide, hundreds of thousands of people use MDMA (Ecstasy) and other modern cognitive enhancers in conjunction with ecstatic Rave dances, and as adjuncts to psychotherapy and self-analysis.

As part of the CCLE's mission to foster cognitive liberty, the CCLE has developed the Entheogen and Drug Policy Project to encourage public education and policy reform with regard to entheogens and other psychoactive drugs. National and international drug policy should accommodate otherwise law-abiding citizens who use these substances without harming  others. At bottom, the CCLE maintains that the criminalizing of peaceful people who use psychoactive drugs is a real and present encroachment upon cognitive liberty. The CCLE calls for a reevaluation of the so-called “drug war,” and works to reframe the public debate to emphasize the important cognitive liberty principles and rights that are presently at stake.

The CCLE’s Entheogen and Drug Policy Project works to:

1) Interject the principle of cognitive liberty into the public debate about drug policy.

2) Produce policy analysis and provide written and spoken testimony concerning proposed drug-related legislation, administrative actions, and court decisions, highlighting the cognitive liberty aspects of the item under review.

3) Support litigation in precedent setting legal cases concerning entheogens and other drugs.

4) Coordinate with our William James Project as well as our Neuroethics Project to address common issues.

5) Encourage scholarly and broader organizational awareness of the impact that the “war on drugs” has on freedom of thought.

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