Drug Law & Policy

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Enpsychedelia admin: Every Sunday from 2pm we discuss a wide variety of drug issues on 3CR. We are passionate about representing the broader story, without condoning or condemning people’s choices. A concerned member of the community has written this article and sent it through, asking for us to publish it anonymously. I’ve found the festival […]

This article is an on-going piece of work, relating to the Victorian Inquiry into Drug Law Reform which is accepting public submissions up until 17th of March 2017. It is due to report in 2018 and may provide an opportunity to push alternative policies to prohibition.  Please bookmark or follow the page however you do […]

I’ve just returned home from Rainbow Serpent Festival’s 20th year celebrations. The festival was again a resounding success, though if you weren’t there and have only read the mainstream media coverage, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking differently. Road-side drug testing Police in Victoria have been conducting Road-side Drug Testing (RDT) since 2004. In that […]

Drug prohibition is about morality. Not healthcare and not safer communities. The theoretical logic behind prohibiting something goes a little like this: If there is something dangerous to individual or community, then we protect ourselves from that danger. Sometimes that is done by prohibiting the danger, thus restricting the possibility of it ever affecting anyone. […]

Together with The Psychedelic Inquirer, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia and PRISM (Psychedelic Research In Science Medicine) we are helping to raise awareness and funds to make psychedelic therapy a legal treatment within Australia and worldwide. [soundcloud]https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257763505[/soundcloud] The Melbourne scientific and psychedelic communities will be brought together to help the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic […]

This is a post on the use of psychoactive substances for any and all purposes, other than scientific and medical uses, which are generally exempt from prohibition legislation. Scientific and medical research is made far more difficult by prohibition. Any use of substances like the psychedelics, cannabis, ketamine and many others for remedial or therapeutic […]

Let’s start with the first paragraph of the link: Of the A$1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. – Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, speaking in parliament in support of the passage of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016, on February 24, 2016. – FactCheck: does Australia spend $1.5 […]

Federal Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash responded to new figures from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, showing a significant rise in the number of young people taking methamphetamine (ice). The tired old partisan slinging match came up, as Minister Nash pointed the finger of blame at Labor, “Labor refused to renew the […]

Today is the inaugural National Family Drug Support Day, setup to recognise that the problems associated with drug abuse are better dealt with through the health-scope, rather than the cross hairs of law enforcement. Family Drug Support was setup in 1997 as an organisation that provides support for families on issues around drugs. On this […]

Over my time as an adult, I have had many interesting experiences that have made me who I am today. Psychedelic experiences have left an indelible mark on my soul that I hold dear to my identity today. I am not alone. According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013, one in three of […]

Rainbow Serpent Festival is Australia’s premier electronic music and alternative lifestyle festival. It’s where around 20,000 Australian and global psychedelic citizens come together to share, laugh, dance and be very, very merry indeed. The following is our totally biased suggestions of two events you should etch into your memory to attend, once the beautiful chaos […]

The following is a re-post from a blog I (Nick Wallis) started while working at a commercial radio station in regional Victoria. It was originally posted on the 20th of May 2011. It seems appropriate to re-post it now, even though it is raw and probably a little ranty. It includes a bit of a […]

The Victorian Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Bill 2015 has not yet passed the Victorian Upper House. Parliament has completed sitting for the year and will return on February 9th 2016. The Bill has been drafted as part of Victoria’s Ice Action Plan which in turn was created off the back of a largely exaggerated […]

There has been a flurry of activity in the media on drug testing over the past couple of weeks. The attention has largely been driven by the unfortunate deaths of a couple of Stereosonic punters. These people were at these events to have fun and enjoy the music and instead lost their lives unnecessarily. On […]

We’ve been campaigning against the introduction of a piece of legislation in Victoria, Australia which seeks to ban the possession and distribution of certain information. The whole thing has been introduced off the back of a largely falsified ‘ice epidemic’ and is a typical example of ‘tough on drugs’ policies that have never worked to […]

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