“I am tired of people trying to regulate people´s ability to enjoy themselves psychoactively.”

– Dr. Carl Hart


Below, you will find a phenomenal lecture given by neuroscientist and Columbia University professor Dr. Carl Hart, who has gained distinction for his groundbreaking research on drug addiction and behavior. As a vocal proponent of drug policy reform, Dr. Hart challenges conventional beliefs, emphasizing evidence-based approaches to drug education and policy.

Dr. Hart’s perspective on adult drug use is anchored in personal responsibility and harm reduction. He argues for the right of adults to make informed decisions about drug consumption without facing criminal consequences as long as their actions do not harm others. His book, “Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear,” and corresponding lectures make a compelling case for the responsible use of drugs. Dr. Hart challenges the perception of drug use as a moral failing, urging a shift towards understanding it as an integral aspect of the broader human experience.



Some highlighted points from the lecture are:

  • Predominant effects of drugs are positive
  • Addiction isn’t the norm but it is predictable
  • Drug addiction is brain disease? No evidence
  • Drugs are scapegoated so authorities can… Avoid dealing with real problems of the poor and target people we don’t like without explicitly saying so
  • Recreational drugs should be legally regulated (comports with the spirit of the liberty-asserting Declaration)
  • Implement regulatory schemes that permit adult use

– Will ensure quality control
– Will generate jobs and tax revenue
– Will be consistent with freedom
– Eg., Cannabis: Uruguay, Canada, & several U.S. States

  • Require people to have evidence
  • Respectable people: Get Out of the Closet!
  • Encourage Civil Disobedience: “…one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Retrain & redirect effort of prohibitionists


“If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

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