HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH
In a free, open society, every individual should be free to follow his own conscience and to decide how he governs his consciousness, as long as this harms no others. For millions of people using psychedelics and MDMA, this is important for their lives in personal, spiritual and cultural ways. The right to pursue such a living therefore must be protected.
The pursuit of happiness, self-understanding and joy are fundamental human goals. For years the UN has recognized that for many people, using psychedelics is a part of a genuine spiritual practice, comparable to meditation and yoga. Furthermore psychedelics show promise in treating a wide range of medical conditions.
There is wide scientific consensus that psychedelics and MDMA are far less harmful to individuals and to society when compared with alcohol. In the Netherlands, hundreds of thousands of psychedelic mushrooms (psilocybin) are sold legally every year. Dutch health authorities and law enforcement both agree there are few problems connected with the use of psychedelic mushrooms.
It is important to emphasize a statistical perspective on risk, rather than worst-case scenarios which are few and far between. Nothing is risk-free, including psychedelics and MDMA. But by putting risk in perspective, considering the millions of doses consumed every year, psychedelics and MDMA do not appear particularly risky, comparing to activities considered relatively harmless (such as various sports).
The ban on psychedelics, MDMA and other drugs is supposed to be a public health measure, but the ban is based neither on a risk assessment nor a cost-benefit analysis.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is through international treaties (Convention of Psychotropic Substances, 1971) given special responsibility to prove that a ban on personal use of certain drugs is a good public health measure. This has never been the case with psychedelics or MDMA.
This prohibition appears to be rooted in fear, an outdated policy and prejudices, rather than documentation.
QUALITY CONTROLLED PRODUCTION
Quality controlled production and correct labelling are fundamental principles for modern consumer goods (such as medicines and foods). People have been harmed and killed after use of false or contaminated MDMA, psychedelic mushrooms and LSD. To ban quality control of MDMA and psychedelics is irresponsible, from a public health and ethical perspective.
It is legal to produce MDMA and psychedelics in Norway as long as all necessary permits for production and storage are granted.
EmmaSofia has a deal with a pharmaceutical company regarding production of MDMA and psilocybin for treatment, research and other legal purposes.
Compared to legal drugs, psychedelics and MDMA are not particularly dangerous. Under today’s ban however, these drugs are traded without regulation. Thus there is no quality control or age limits. As a temporary public health measure, we encourage use of test kits for people deciding to use psychedelics or MDMA.
Tes-kits are easily available online. Be moderate with dosage, and do not combine with other drugs like alcohol. Contact a physician if you feel ill. One should never be under the influence of any drugs, neither psychedelics and MDMA nor alcohol, during activities like driving or caring for children.
In repeated expert opinions, two of which are published in the Lancet, researchers have assessed the risk potential for a range of drugs. The assessment finds MDMA and psychedelics less harmful than legal drugs such as alcohol and nicotine.
A GROWING MOVEMENT
In Norway, 80 000 people have experience with MDMA, 50 000 with LSD, and tens of thousands have experienced psychedelic mushrooms, mescaline and ayahuasca (SIRUS investigation 2013).
People in Norway and the world at large should feel safe and free to express their opinion on MDMA and psychedelics. Do you wish to contribute making Norway into a place for evidence-based drug policies we know work? Then you should support EmmaSofia by becoming a member. Memberships are anonymous.
Together we will make a more open and tolerant society.