Free Casey - help end the global "War on some people who use some Drugs"
This website provides an opportunity for you to be informed about and participate in the legal efforts of Casey William "Freeblood" Hardison, an entheogenic activist, unauthorized researcher and psychedelic chemist best known for his indefatigable good mood and enormous energy.
Having come of age in the touring music scene of the Pacific and Mountain West of the United States, Casey attended entheogen-related conferences, wrote articles for MAPS and contributed to Erowid. In 2002, shortly after moving to England, Casey chose to fulfill his ten-year spiritual journey to make LSD.
After a 4-month investigation precipitated by a US DEA informant, however, Casey was arrested in February 2004 on the suspicion that he was manufacturing the psychedelic or entheogenic-type drugs LSD, DMT and 2C-B in Britain.
Casey acted as his own lawyer during his trial and, instead of arguing he did not commit the alleged acts, he argued that, as long as he harmed no one, he had the human right to engage in his chosen entheogenic praxis. In essence, Casey challenged the drug laws as a discriminatory affront to Cognitive Liberty, therapeutic choice and free religion.
The trial judge rejected these human rights arguments and an eight-week trial ensued after which Casey was convicted in March 2005 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in April 2005. On appeal, Casey submitted substantially similar human rights arguments but these were rejected and his conviction and sentence were upheld in May 2006.
Casey then submitted his human rights arguments simultaneously to the European Court of Human Rights and to the House of Lords, the highest court of appeal in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, these appeals, though capturing the spirit of his perceived injustice, were not viewed as proper legal arguments by the courts but rather as an attack on Government drug policy.
This prompted Casey to delve deeper into law, shed in some respects his egoic attachments, righteousness and arrogance, integrate his insights and present the core legal arguments with minimal obfuscation by his upsets.
As a result of this paradigm shift Casey now views his legal arguments through the lens of equal rights and equal protection, recognizing that a fair balance has not been struck between the public's right to protection and the individual's right to autonomy.
Crucially, Casey has come to see that the English Parliament has crafted a beautifully evolutive and dynamic legal framework with inherent regulatory flexibility suitable to all 'dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs', including alcohol and tobacco, but that the United Kingdom Government has not been operating the law in a consistent and evidenced-based manner as Parliament intended, i.e., regulation proportionate to objective evidence of risks posed by different drugs property when used. Instead, Government has the balance tilted in favor of the electoral majority who exercise property rights in the 'dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs' alcohol and tobacco based on arbitrary historical and cultural factors which lack the consistent and objective basis mandated by the Rule of Law.
Casey believes, and now has the evidence and Government admissions to demonstrate it, that Government under-regulates the conduct of the electoral majority who prefer to exercise property rights in drugs property such as alcohol and tobacco whilst over-regulating the conduct of minorities who prefer to exercise property rights in other drugs property with substantially similar or even less potential to cause harm to individuals and/or society when misused.
This unequal treatment is contrary to the common law principle of equal applicability of neutral laws and illegal in terms of Government's statutory duties under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. As such, Casey believes this unequal treatment denies equal rights and equal protection to all citizens whilst contributing to tens-of-thousands of unnecessary deaths and imprisonments each year on both sides of the irrational distinction and that neither the people nor Parliament intends these consequences.
In addition to his criminal litigation, Casey has launched civil legal actions challenging the UK Government to honour their commitment to implement evidence- based policy making where like cases are treated alike and unlike cases are treated differently. Each step of the way, Casey has received concessions from the Government, the Parliament and the Court which contribute substantially toward his ability to launch an effective criminal appeal against conviction and/or sentence.
Casey continues to work through the English legal system to question
the basis of his and others imprisonment but he feels as if he has gone
as far as he can on his own and accordingly he requests your help.
Ultimately, the legal principles Casey has uncovered have the potential
to cause enormous transformation in the global "War on some people
who use some Drugs"
How You Can Help
You can help in three ways:
There are several ways you can donate:
His mailing address in prison is:
Casey William Hardison A6078AJ
Please note that all letters to Casey are read by prison staff and all visitors are searched.
When writing from the UK, please send Casey a book of stamps for return correspondence.
Casey can accept cash, money orders and cheques from any
jurisdiction. Cheques and money orders must be made payable to
"the governor". You must include your name and address when
making a donation, anonymous donations cannot be accepted at the prison. It is also
advisable to send donations by registered post. For larger donations
please use this site or MAPS.
Articles and Letters by Casey
After being told by the Court of Appeal that they wouldn't extend jurisdiction to hear his second application for leave to appeal against his convictions and sentences based on new evidence and new argument without a referral from the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), Casey applied to the CCRC. Ultimately, though, the CCRC was found wanting. They made several errors of law, refused to address the new argument or evidence in any detail, conflated his new common law argument with the old human rights argument, resorted to ad hominem attacks on Casey's character to allege that he was just "trying it on", when all he wants is for a properly empowered Court to squarely address the inequalities of treatment under law he suffers. Thankfully the CCRC is a public body subject to Judicial Review by the Courts, who can correct errors of law, establish the facts to be taken into account and direct the CCRC to consider his application properly. Accordingly, Casey has chosen this option. See the Statement of Facts document below as a guide to his arguments, trial, appeals, judicial reviews, discoveries and the CCRC process that will bring you right up to date.
Finally, please consider donating stamps and/or money to help Casey with his legal funds.
Criminal Legal Submissions
Court Judgments, Orders & Declarations
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"A government that is permitted to set punishments for drug 'offences' in which a person has done nothing more than grow, manufacture, distribute, or use, the psychoactive agents which have been denoted as "controlled substances," participates in an even more pernicious form of censorship - a censorship of consciousness itself - by choosing to punish people for no other crime than choosing to experience or enable particular states of mind."
- Casey to the Judge (Quoting Richard Glen Boire)