Sustainable and toxin-free living

Sustainable and toxin-free living


Can Illegal Drugs Be Sustainable and Ethical?

This topic has been on my mind since before I even started EcoCult, but I've never had the confidence to tackle the idea of drugs being sustainable until now. I figure, 4/20 is as good a time as ever to explore the intersection (or lack thereof) of the sustainable/ethical world, and illegal substances.

This might seem like a weird topic... if you believe drugs, by their very nature, are bad. Why would someone who cares deeply about social justice and health ever put an illegal substance in her body? But the world of activists, yoginis, and sustainability advocates is one of experimentation, reverence for indigenous wisdom and ritual, and questioning of government guidelines. At best, you could say that hippies have always smoked pot and done LSD – it's part of their DNA. And if you believe the U.S. incarceration rate is too high, then you probably also believe that the War on Drugs is one of the worst policy mistakes we've ever made, right up there with the non-existent regulation of carcinogens in consumer products.

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