Statement of Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn.), Chairman Special Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Narcotics on S. 2152, “The Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Act of 1965”, May 12, 1966 + Fact Sheet - LSD.
Two legal-size sheets, printed rectos only, with central horizontal folds.
The first sheet prints Senator Thomas Dodd’s statement “regarding the serious problems of narcotic and dangerous drug abuse throughout the nation… I speak of the drug known as LSD-25”, and the second provides information on LSD and its effects, usage, dosage, and main sources within the US and beyond. Dodd writes that “We will hear testimony from several witnesses who have had substantial experience with respect to this substance [LSD]… And, they will help us determine whether or not we must introduce additional measures to control what some consider a menace to the health and welfare of our young people.”
One of the witnesses called was Timothy Leary, who appeared before the committee on May 13 and was robustly cross-examined by both Dodd and Senator Edward Kennedy. His performance (regarded as disappointingly lacklustre; Greenfield provides an extensive account in his biography of Leary, pp.266-272) was followed by a righteous diatribe from Art Kleps, and Allen Ginsberg’s calm defence of the effects of acid, none of which prevented the governors of Nevada and California signing bills into law on May 30 criminalising the manufacture, sale, and possession of LSD (followed soon after by other US states).