Lately I've come across a lot of propaganda by those who would have you believe that Anton LaVey tolerated the use of illegal street drugs among his friends and associates, that he had "no problem" with people around him shooting up, getting high, losing control, and abdicating responsibility.

When somebody tries to convince you that Anton LaVey "secretly" held beliefs and opinions that were in contradiction to the writings he continued to produce during his entire adult life, it's time to get out a barrel of salt, not merely a grain.

Conveniently, LaVey was interviewed countless times and his statements on this subject are consistent, leaving no need for you to be hoodwinked by con artists with their own agendas to push.

The following excerpt is from the Alameda County Weekender, February 12, 1966. I'm including a scan of the page for good measure.

"...At any rate, there is no doubt that the manufacture of love potions (above) and their drinking (below) is very nearly as old as love itself. As to what goes into them, aside from a large dose of suggestion, that is one of the secrets of the profession. LaVey, however, does not hesitate to point out that nothing narcotic is among the ingredients. In fact, the use of any narcotics has no place in magic as LaVey sees it. 'It is true that drugs have been used in magic and in certain religious practices and still are by some,' he says. 'The use of the peyote ritual in certain Indian churches -- and which has been recently adjudged legal -- is an example. But for our purposes the use of drugs would be definitely harmful.' How serious he is on this point is shown by his attitude on LSD. 'Like opium, marijuana, heroin and so forth, it ought to be shunned like the plague' -- an interesting observation in view of some of his paintings which, despite a definite beauty, are so macabre that they look like the production of a Left Bank artist who had subsisted for weeks on a diet of absinthe and laudanum."


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