Casey William Hardison (born July 5, 1971) is an American chemist and self-described medical anthropologist convicted in the United Kingdom in 2005 of six offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 involving psychedelic drugs: three of production, two of possession, and one of exportation. He is seen as something of an exemplar for the entheogenic movement.
On 29 June 2006 Hardison’s first application for leave to appeal against conviction and his appeal against sentence to the Court of Appeal were rejected and the conviction and sentence were upheld.
He still claims the charges are a violation of his human rights and describes himself as being victim of the “chemical apartheid”. Justice Kieth of the Court of Appeal was quoted as saying “This was not an amateurish operation in a garden shed. It was a sophisticated and calculated attempt to introduce synthetic drugs in the UK market, which could have reaped great financial rewards.”
However, on 13 August 2009, Hardison filed a new appeal against conviction based on new evidence that the UK Government has abused the legal discretions contained within the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, particularly section 2(5), and that this abuse gives rise to severe inequality of treatment.
After nine years, three months, two weeks, and three days, the United Kingdom released Casey from prison on 29 May, 2013 and deported him to the US. He now lives in the state of Idaho.