We just don't hear much about LSD in the news these days, so this article from the Philadelphia Daily News really caught our eye.
IT TOOK A POLICE battering ram to bust down the door of the West Philadelphia apartment. Once inside, police discovered a colorful cache of psychedelic drugs — enough LSD to open thousands of "doors of perception" for six to eight hours at a time.
The Jan. 31 raid appeared to be a true flashback to a bygone era, with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration calling the 9,500 hits of LSD on tie-dyed images of Homer Simpson and Jerry Garcia an "anomaly" in Philadelphia. And since two of the five suspects arrested were Drexel students, the raid became known as the "Drexel LSD bust" in the media, with reporters interviewing students and getting statements from university officials. ...
The D.A.’s office said that the LSD ring was making $5,000 to $15,000 a week selling single doses for up to $30, prices that made some in online-drug and jam-band forums chuckle. Many believe that the West Philly acid was being circulated far and wide, not just among college students at Drexel or Penn, or among the music scene here. The availability of acid in Philly, one source familiar with the scene said, is about the same as it’s always been — if you want it, you can find it.
"This isn’t something like LSD is raining down on Philly," said Kyle McKay, who helps create "visual electronic dream-scapes" at shows and events with the Philly-based Psy-Fi Productions. "It’s not something the average person is looking for."The article features an interesting digression into how the study of LSD's effects has grown in both academia and medicine over the last couple of decades. Once, such research was not taken seriously, but it might be getting more respect now, according to the article.
In the federal system, LSD cases are apparently small enough in number that they get lumped into the "Other" category in the U.S. Sentencing Commission's collection of data on the break-down of drug crimes by type. LSD still carries federal mandatory minimum prison sentences, though -- one gram earns a five-year sentence, and 10 grams earns a 10-year sentence.