On the third and last day of the UNGASS weekend, 21st of April 2016, I actually managed to get in to the UN building. Security measures were heavily increased that day as there were rumours that President Barack Obama would come and address the United Nations. Lot of the roads leading to the UN building were blocked by New York´s finest. Obama never showed up, but I got in to take part in a side event organized by the Beckley Foundation, a UK-based think tank directed by Lady Amanda Feilding. Beckley Foundation has pioneered newly emerged scientific research into such compounds like cannabis/cannabinoids, LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and Ayahuasca, and Lady Feilding has been a vocal advocate for our human right to alter our brain and counsciusness which is also evident in the Public letter that was launched that day.
The Beckley delegation also included former Jamaican Justice Minister Mark Golding, Ras Iyah V, founder of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association and Harvard law professor Charles Nesson. Other participants of the event included Ben Sessa, UK psychiatrists who is conducting clinical MDMA research together with Beckley Foundation, Dana Beal, New York based cannabis/ibogaine activist, Armando Loizaga Pazzi, South-American substance abuse counselor and advocate for indigenous rights and many more.
You can sign the Public letter here
This video also brings to an end first part of Druventures as it is time to move Out of UNGASS to explore new things. Next weeks video features a more recent event that was held in Vienna, Austria on March 13-17, namely the 60th session of the United Nations Comission on Narcotic Drugs, which is one of the UN institutions implementing the UNGASS outcome document. To end with the words of Lady Feilding:
“Let us break the taboo on debate and embrace the clear need for reform. The time for action is now.”
Enjoy this weeks video and stay tuned for more!