The Marijuana Review Timothy Leary Cover

Photo 1: Cover page of The Marijuana Review Volume 1, No. 3 (June- August 1969)

"The Leary Case

It all started on December 23, 1965, when Dr. Leary and four others were refused entrance into Mexico by the same Mexican Secret Service Police who had escorted his pioneer psychedelic-research group, IFIF, out of Mexico two years earlier. Recrossing the International Bridge, Dr. Leary's car and its occupants were searched by American customs officials at the Laredo, Texas, border station. Less than half an ounce of marijuana was discovered, and Dr. Leary took responsibility for it although it was in his personal possession. "I remember warning the customs agents that they had probably just put themselves out of a job."
On March 11, 1966, Dr. Leary was convicted by a Texas Federal Court for a) transporting illegally-imported marijuana b) without having paid a $100-an-ounce transfer tax. The jury had been instructed to disregard expert testimony on the harmlessness of marijuana, and the Judge threw out the First-Amendment defense that marijuana use was Dr. Leary's right as a practicing Hindu, because Hinduism does not require marijuana use, though 90% of India's holy men turn on and it is standard and acceptable Hindu practice. Dr. Leary was sentenced to from 5 to 30 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and argued by New York attorney Robert Haft before the court on December 12, 1968."

- p. 3, The Marijuana Review, Volume 1, Number 3 (June - August 1969)

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