Carl Hart

The last thing a person would expect from Carl Hart, a Professor of Psychology (In Psychiatry), is that he uses hardcore drugs and thinks our society takes a too conservative approach to the topic.

“I do not have a drug-use problem. Never have. Each day, I meet my parental, personal, and professional responsibilities. I pay my taxes, serve as a volunteer in my community on a regular basis and contribute to the global community as an informed and engaged citizen. I am better for my drug use,” he told The Guardian news site.

Hart is correct in saying his drug use hasn’t presented him in danger in terms of putting others at risk (robbing, etc.). Since the college where he is employed knows his views and behaviors, and yet they still employ him, his argument further validates itself.

The 54-year-old father of three presents something of a conundrum for many black men.  After all, breaking the stereotype ( my story about the death of actor Michale K Willaims from drugs) society has of them, especially regarding drugs, has been a source of frustration. 

While Hart has achieved a certain level of success and defeated the odds of despair, his argument is counter-intuitive to what most black men are striving to achieve.

But Hart says the effects of drugs on a person’s behavior aren’t the main issue. “Here’s the bottom line: over my more than 25-year career, I have discovered that most drug-use scenarios cause little or no harm and that some reasonable drug-use scenarios are actually beneficial for human health and functioning,” he said.

Hart’s frustration isn’t simply about white people, but also about African-Americans who take a pompous attitude while refusing to challenge what he believes is their faulty logic.    Although Hart is passionate and has the educational qualifications, mainstream society hasn’t readily accepted his argument.

  “I can live more honestly [about his drug use].  I can look in the mirror. My children can have an example of what courage looks like in real-time, not in history,” Heart told the Guardian.

“It’s possible I’ll get some flak from my university, my employers. Such is life. Anything worth having in my mind, particularly something important, there is risk attached to it. When the dust has cleared, my public record is there in the book, and the evidence will exonerate me.”

And in fact, he said his wife supports his drug use because she participates with him.

“It’s nice to have a stimulant like an amphetamine or cocaine,” he said. “It’s great to take MDMA [ ecstasy] with her [ his wife] and reconnect.”

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Hart criticized NIDA director Nora Volkow for her stance on the dangers of illegal drugs.

“Many scientists who study drugs, including some at Nida, believe that she routinely overstates the negative impact that recreational drug use has on the brain and that she essentially ignores any beneficial effects drug use may have,” he writes in his book. “But these scientists don’t dare share this perspective with her for fear of repercussions that might negatively impact their ability to obtain grant funding, among other professional perks, from her institute.”

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Spicy ray is the founder of the site and has a passion for writing developed in early childhood. His goal as a writer is to provide readers with inspiration, dedication, motivation, and critical thinking skills. He has a solid commitment to allowing writers to share their stories from a variety of backgrounds. He enjoys reading non-fiction, having tarot card readings, going to movies, and watching boxing in his free time.

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