The police raided his first lab in 1966, but Stanley successfully sued for the return of his equipment. After a marijuana bust in 1970, he went to prison for two years."Psychedelic icon Owsley Stanley dies in Australia"
“I wound up doing time for something I should have been rewarded for,” he (said in a rare 2007 interview). “What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my society and the one making the laws are different.”