Statement by Arthur Kleps, Chief, Neo-American Church, Morning Glory Lodge, Cranberry Lake, New York, Before the Special Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics
1966. Four page statement (two sides of two pages), arguing against the standard I.Q. test as a relevant measure of consciousness expansion under the effects of LSD and for a religious exemption for his psychedelic church from laws prohibiting its use, on the order of the exemption for Native Americans' use of peyote, with a brief detour to state that the members of the Neo-American Church regard Timothy Leary "with the same special love and respect as was reserved by the early Christians for Jesus..." Before 1966, LSD was legal, was legitimately produced by pharmaceutical companies, and was used legally in clinical research and, to some extent, in therapies and in clinical experiments. However, its use was beginning to penetrate the culture at large, first among "beatniks" and their cultural descendants, who were not yet called a "counterculture." Different states began to pass laws against its use, including California, where Ken Kesey's "acid tests" had drawn relatively large numbers of people to try it publicly, and New York, where Timothy Leary had created a haven for its use on his estate in Millbrook. Photo-reproduction, some edge-sunning; near fine, with a corner staple. [#032818] SOLD
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