Psychoactive Substances

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Yesterday, we told you that the Victorian Government would like to ban (certain) books. Today I’ll tell you a little bit more about the nonsense justification that is being used to drive the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Bill 2015. If moral entrepreneurs and interest groups manage to whip up enough fear and anxiety, they […]

The following piece is published as an act of civil disobedience to a Bill before Victorian parliament which seeks to ban the sharing of certain information. The information here in and of itself is nothing new. You can find information like this and far more detailed versions all over the internet, at websites like the […]

A campaign was launched today in Queensland by the Police called: New Synthetic Drugs:  Real Damage The campaign uses heavy anti-drug rhetoric to build its claims and distort the inconvenient facts about the products and substances they are attacking.

I’m reading a book at the moment entitled ‘Synthetic Panics‘, which goes through the various moral panics that have arisen around drugs since they were first synthesised and used for recreational purposes.  Although we’ve recently heard a lot about ‘synthetic drugs’, the plants and fungi of the known psychoactive world have also turned up in […]

… and are you really surprised? The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) journalists Clementine Cuneo and Richard Noone put together an article, released on the 6th of December 2012, entitled, “Teenager Nick Mitchell’s LSD overdose – death, delusions and despair”.

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