June 26, 2012
LSD Resurges 42 Years After Psychedelic 1960s
By: Toni McAllister
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch reports on the LSD study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in March 2012. The research indicates that LSD may be a viable option for the treatment of alcoholism. The article quotes MAPS researcher Peter Gasser, M.D., who recently completed a study of using LSD to treat anxiety in people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Originally appearing here.
How much: $10-million bequest
Who gave it: Ashawna Hailey, co-founder of Meta-Software Corporation, which was sold to Avanti Corporation in 1996. Ms. Hailey died in October.
Who got it: The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies received $5-million; the American Civil Liberties Union, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and Second Harvest Food Bank each received about $1.25-million.
What the gifts will be used for: The psychedelic-studies association will conduct research trials using the drug ecstasy to treat people with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Marijuana Policy Project will put some of the money in a reserve fund and use the rest to promote passage in the November elections of a measure in Colorado that would allow marijuana to be regulated like alcohol.
Donor’s connections to the beneficiaries: Ashawna Hailey was a board member of the psychedelic-studies association. Ron Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said he first met Ms. Hailey in 2002 at a drug-policy conference, when she still lived as a man (Ms. Hailey was born as Shawn). They had a long discussion and at the end of it, Mr. Kampia was given a check on the spot for $20,000.
Why she gave: “Seeing the carnage of the government’s war on its own citizens and finally being rich enough to do something about it,” Mr. Kampia says.
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