Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How was LSD made illegal? How did it become well known?

According to a report published in 1972 by the editors of Consumer Reports, LSD was a little known drug known by a small number of researchers, until states piled on more and more penalties for possession.  The more hysteria over allged incidents and draconian penalties imposed, the more popular it became.  As the legal manufacturer, Sandoz, pulled out of the market because of all the negative publicity, the more domestic manufacturers filled the gap and more so, further boosting the popularity and availability because LSD is not hard to make.  By and large, most negative incidents either weren't especially bad our could be explained in other ways.  Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters aren't even mentioned.  Though I was in the young generation that lusted after LSD, I didn't learn about Kesey until I was living in San Francisco in 1997 and saw the unveiling of the restored bus used by the Merry Pranksters.

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