Freedom for William Leonard Pickard: Granted

William Leonard Pickard is to be released from jail! After serving over 20 years in prison after the infamous Kansas Missile Silo LSD bust. Leonard is the author of the much celebrated novel The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets and Sacraments. He was also one of the first people to raise the alarm of the […]

Women, Drugs and Prison

This article from 2014 is more relevant than ever as the global pandemic throws into stark relief the inequalities, inhumanities and exploitative systems in our cultures. Have a read and, once you are done, take some action. Email your representatives and ask what they are doing to address these issues, or do something else that […]

Life During Lockdown: Psychedelics, Prison and COVID-19

Many of us are ‘on retreat’, living in lockdown as we desperately try to buy time for our medical services to cope with the effects of COVID-19. Some people have been on lockdown for days, others for many weeks. In The United States Penitentiary Tucson, Arizona, William Leonard Pickard has been on lockdown for two decades. In […]

Mashed Swedes – draconian drug policy in Scandinavia

When we think of Sweden we might think of humanitarianism, egalitarianism, and progressive politics. For the most part this is true, however when it comes to drug policy, Sweden is far from humane. Sweden has one of the toughest drug laws in Europe with personal drug use a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment of up […]

The Scale of the Problem

It’s perhaps unsurprisingly difficult to obtain detailed figures showing exactly how many prisoners are in jail for psychedelic or other drug related crimes. The data below comes from information obtained by Release from the UK Government and covers the period 2004-2014. It’s important to remember that each number in this data is a person, a […]

“We’ve Declared War on Our Own Population”: Veteran Matthew Kahl on Political Revolution and Natural Human Rights

In our concluding conversation with Matthew Kahl, founder of Veterans for Natural Rights, we discuss the current political climate in the United States, the international War on Drugs, the dangers of tribalism, and how military veterans are uniquely equipped to speak truth to both state propaganda and would-be revolutionaries.     Scales is proud to […]

Men Deserving Clemency – Antonio Bascaro – Life for Pot

Antonio was #1 on Top 25 men deserving of clemency because he has served more time for pot than anyone in the nation.  But, today, May 1st he walked out of prison and into the arms of his loving family! Washington Examiner covers Antonio’s freedom in this article: Bay of Pigs… Source: Men Deserving Clemency – […]

Roses behind the Wire – on liberating the psychedelic prisoners

My friend Leonard lives in metal box in the middle of the Arizona desert. He’s been there for quite some time. Leonard won a scholarship to Princeton University, but wanted more from life than the tenure-track, so he left for the road less traveled. He immersed himself in the jazz music of Greenwich Village and […]


Towards a Psychedelic Prisoner Support Network The Story so far… I’ve been involved with the anti-prohibition movement over many years and was one of the founders of Transform. I’ve spoken at numerous psychedelic conference and often included within my presentations the fact that there are people in jail because of the substances we are discussing […]