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I find the copy of this invaluable and groundbreaking book in my possession is really the property of the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology Library, where I was a research student. Oh dear. Since 1974 it has been on my shelves only part read. It is a stunning argument he makes, not only of relevance to the misguided 'War on Drugs' but on the psychiatrisation of society.
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Review: Ceremonial ChemistryUser Review - Jason Scoggins - Goodreads
Probably the one of TS's books with which I am most sympathetic. I'm not a legalizer, but we should ask ourselves why traditional cultures were generally able to use MJ, coca leaves, entheogens, etc. in moderation, and we seemingly can't. Read full review
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