At The Dawn Of The Drug Culture, Two Men Believed That If Everyone Got High, The World Would Be A Better Place


January 13 2017 — The 1960s and early ’70s were just different. 

Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully thought they would help save the world through the creation and dissemination of LSD. Lots of LSD.

Millions of tabs of LSD.

The belief that the drug LSD expanded the consciousness led them to feel that the more people who used it, the better off the entire world would be.

Scully was the scientist, Sand was the salesman. They made the large-scale production of LSD their goal. And not only did they make huge amounts of the drug, they also created “Orange Sunshine,” an extremely high quality version of the drug. Many consider it to be the “gold standard” of hallucinogenics.

Naturally, once it became clear what these men were doing, it became the goal of Drug Enforcement Agency to shut them down and prosecute them.

They would eventually be convicted of drug trafficking; their sentences were 15 years in prison for Scully and 20 years in prison for Sand. The judge at their trial stated that he wished he had the option of the death penalty for them.

Sentenced to Washington’s McNeil Island Penitentiary, the two men, astonishingly, were put in the same cell. Sand would get LSD smuggled into the jail; he used it to get the entire population of the prison high. 

The acclaimed documentary The Sunshine Makers tells the story of these two men, their belief in the value of their drug and the remarkable story of both their success and ultimate failure. The film includes interviews with both men, agents involved in arresting them and other people involved in the creation and dissemination of the drug.

The Sunshine Makers releases theatrically next week; check here for theaters and times.
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