Darryl Bickler – Illegal Drugs Do Not Exist!
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Darryl Bickler – Illegal Drugs Do Not Exist!

Darryl Bickler – Illegal Drugs Do Not Exist!

Full Talk Title : Illegal Drugs Do Not Exist!
Putting yourself back in the equation; accessing the keys to your bio-molecular possibilities of being via the correct legal interface

Prohibition casts a censorial dragnet over each of us, blocking our natural permeability with the environment for hundreds of psychoactive molecules. The law envisaged differentiating between private, peaceful concerns with drugs from activities that cause social harms. To this end the UK law does not criminalise the use of drugs, and it provides a raft of regulatory provisions to make exemptions and grant licenses.
However, advocates for liberalizing access to controlled drugs are generally focused only on gaining entitlements for special cases, rarely, if ever, is cognitive liberty mentioned.

The whole discourse is based on using problematic quasi-legal constructs that are accepted by most people because they utilise a familiar figure of everyday speech called a transferred epithet. This is a figure of speech that makes sentences shorter by conferring human aspects to an object, so for example the expression ‘disabled toilet’ is the short form for a ‘toilet for disabled people’, it is not a toilet that is disabled. In everyday speech this does not matter, but when co-joined with legal constructs it is fatal to the recognition of the legal subject, for the self has been subsumed by the indivisibly supposedly illegal object, concurrently over-regulating those concerned with ‘illegal’ drugs and under-regulating people concerned with ‘legal’ drugs (and this misdirection stemming from ostensibly neutral law).

Darryl Bickler is a lawyer who had a legal epiphany thanks to working with renowned psychedelic chemist, Casey William Hardison. At the heart of prohibition is a smoke and mirrors reversal of legal principal that constrains the boundaries of conscious experience, disconnecting the self from the other. Darryl helped set up the Drug Equality Alliance to challenge the administration of drug law in the courts, and he has devoted himself to explaining how drug policy ideas as conceptualised by prohibitionists and sometimes reformists alike, are legally meaningless and contrary to the rule of law.

Filmed at Breaking Convention 2019


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