Carl Hart: Drug Use for Grown-Ups

Even among proponents of drug legalization, Columbia University neuroscientist Carl Hart stands apart for his unflinching honesty.

"I am now entering my fifth year as a regular heroin user," the 54-year-old full professor writes in Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. "I do not have a drug-use problem. Never have. Each day, I meet my parental, personal, and professional responsibilities. I pay my taxes, serve as a volunteer in my community…and contribute to the global community as an informed and engaged citizen. I am better for my drug use."

In a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Gillespie, Hart makes the case that responsible adults should be free to buy, sell, and use whatever substances they want to and that policy discussions about drug use have been polluted by bad information and moral posturing. He marshals an impressive body of academic research showing that virtually all currently illegal drugs can be and are used safely by millions of people, that drug prohibition has little or nothing to do with public safety, and that the United States would be a better place if its citizens were allowed to consume a much broader set of substances for pleasure.

"The Declaration of Independence guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all of us, as long as we don't disrupt anybody else's ability to do the same," says Hart. "That means we get to live our life as we choose, as we see fit. Taking drugs can be a part of that and is a part of that for a lot of Americans."

Bourbon Pursuit
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Bourbon Pursuit
294 - The Early Days of Barrel Selections with Ryan Maloney of Julio's Liquors
There's a few OGs in the world of whiskey, and one of the most notable names is Ryan Maloney. You may not know that name, but you've likely heard of his store in Massachusetts called Julio's Liquors and the famous picks done by the Loch & Key Society. Ryan takes us on a trip down memory lane when private barrel selections were abundant and limited releases weren't so limited. Show Partners: * The University of Louisville has an online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate that focuses on the business side of the spirits industry. Learn more at * Minimize drink dilution without sacrificing chill power with Meltdown, the ultimate ice ball press. Learn more at * Upgrade your sleep today with a Bear Mattress. Visit * You can now buy Barrell Craft Spirits products online and have them shipped right to your door. Visit and click Buy Now. * Spirits of French Lick is delivering the finest hand crafted Bottled in Bond bourbons. Check out Show Notes: * This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about storing vintage spirits. * What carnival food can you not resist? * Tell us about Julio's the and Loch & Key Society. * When did you realize how important barrel picks would be? * Have you ever picked a Van Winkle? * Tell us about some of your barrel picks. * What's on the forefront of barrel picks? * Have you created your own private label or do you plan to? * Talk about blending. * What is your thought process on collaborations with other stores? * Are you getting less allocations because of the rise in popularity of bourbon?
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