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Associate Professor Kate Seear explores the ethics of law around drug use in her new book, “Law, Drugs and the making of addiction. Just Habits.”
At the book’s launch, Seear talked about her research for the book, and her surprise at a common theme.

Anti-tobacco organisations across Australia see vaping as a ‘gateway’ to smoking. On their war path, they inadvertantly support the tobacco industry by heavily regulating the industry that challenges it most – vaping.

You’re driving to work on Monday, haven’t had a drink since Friday night and the rest of your weekend was restful. You see the latest Victoria Police roadside testing operation, which now includes a mobile hair-sample testing facility onboard the drug bus. The officer approaches you. “Goodmorning, you have been randomly selected for our roadside […]

3CR is a community owned and run station. There are a diverse range of shows available on 3CR. The reason why these voices have a chance to leave their rooms in Fitzroy is because of the donations of our listeners and supporters at Radiothon. Any and every little bit counts toward keeping independent community-based media […]

On Wednesday the 29th of May 2019, the Victorian Upper House passed a motion put forward by Fiona Patten MLC for the Legal and Social Affairs Committee to inquire into the use of cannabis in Victoria. Submissions to the inquiry will be accepted soon and members of the public, especially those who consume cannabis are […]

https://fionapatten.com.au/news/media-statement-road-laws-medicinal-cannabis/ Thursday, 21 March 201 Reason Leader and Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Fiona Patten, today took the first step to amend our road laws, so that medicinal cannabis is treated the same as every other prescription medication. Ms Patten today sought to amend the Transport Legislation Amendment (Better Roads Victoria and Other Amendments) Bill 2018, to […]

BRIEF HISTORY Nimbin’s Mardi Grass has been running since 1993, as an annual protest-festival or ‘protestival’, calling for changes in Australia law’s prohibition of cannabis. Nimbin itself has long been known as a counter-culture capital in the north of New South Wales, with many people moving from more suburban and urban areas during the early […]

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April 16, 2019

ALBERT HOFMANN In 1938 while synthesising ergot alkaloids for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Basel Switzerland, Albert Hofmann created LSD-25. Hofmann was studying Claviceps Purpurea (Ergot). More specifically, he was looking at ergot alkaloids to determine whether they had any medical significance. LSD-25 was set aside in 1938 after minimal testing as Hofmann moved on to research […]

New South Wales heads to the polls Saturday the 23rd of March 2019. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia have produced this handy scorecard on popular parties drug policies. We have been regularly speaking to people from NSW about the issues going on in the state, especially the ramping up of the drug war into […]

Entheogenesis Australis returns with a full day event on Mother’s Day (Sunday 12th of May), to be held at Springvale Town Hall. Enpsychedelia will be broadcasting live from EGA’s Garden States. The panel is, “The Thin Green Line” and will be looking at laws surrounding plants and their connection to the global prohibition agenda. Join […]

Late on Saturday night (17th June 2017), Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville announced broad, sweeping measures aimed at attacking the civil liberties of doofers across Victoria. Details have been scant, as this announcement occurred through an exclusive with the Herald Sun’s police reporter, Wes Hosking. Police to get new ‘stop and search’ powers to stamp […]

We sit in a dim room, illuminated by a solitary spotlight, and stare at the empty stage. Believe it or not, at 34 years old, this will be my first stand up comedy experience. A barrage of questions suddenly fills my pleasantly stoned head, inducing a pang of anxiety. ‘What if I don’t think he’s […]

On March the 23rd the Victorian Legislative Assembly (Lower House) voted to pass the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2017 without amendment. Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2017 summary Add new definitions to the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 Psychoactive Effect, in relation to a person, means— (a) stimulation […]

On Tuesday 10th of January 2017, Greg Kasarik had his second day in court. He had hoped to push his minor charge of possession of a ‘drug of dependence’ (Victorian legalese for all prohibited drugs in the state) to the Supreme Court, where he intends to challenge the basis of the law. Unfortunately, the presiding Magistrate […]

#PsychedelicsBecause Tuesday April 19th is Bicycle Day, a day celebrated by people across the world as the anniversary of the discovery of psychedelic effects from ingesting LSD. Albert Hofmann is the Swiss chemist who discovered the effects in 1943 after noticing interesting effects three days earlier when he accidentally came into contact with the chemical. […]


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