#BeHeardNotHarmed is SSDP Australia’s campaign for pill testing, also known as drug checking or drug safety testing, which is the testing of drugs to identify their contents, purity or the presence of harmful or fatal contaminants.
Learn more about Victorian road law, where no fair distinction is made between impairment and having detectable traces of a drug in ones system and why this unclear system harms road safety.
RECOMMENDATION 24: The proposed Advisory Council on Drugs Policy investigate the current drug driving laws and procedures to determine their effect on road crashes and as a deterrent strategy. The Council should also explore: Alternative drug driving regimes that use impairment limits/thresholds, and their potential applicability in VictoriaOptions for expanding the types of drugs captured […]
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 […]
the Legislative Council call on the Government to give consideration to Recommendation 24 of the Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee’s Inquiry into drug law reform and refer the matter to the Legal and Social Issues Committee for inquiry into alternative drug driving regimes and changes that address the concerns of medical cannabis patients.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia have come a long way in the past 18 months. Accelerated by Progress Labs, SSDP have launched their first campaign in support of pill testing. The #BeHeardNotHarmed campaign seeks to shift the public perception on pill testing and urge governments to support the implementation of this harm reduction measure […]
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 […]
The first lot (117 so far) of public submissions to the Inquiry into Drug Law Reform have been made available on the Victorian Government website. After a very quick skim through, the vast majority of the public submissions are calling for a reform of our current drug laws and policies. Submissions range from simple, short […]
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 […]
This year, Rainbow Serpent Festival celebrates its 20th birthday! Over its life time, RSF has grown from a festival celebrating psychedelic music into a small town, attended by people from Australia and across the world, almost as a pilgrimage to a sub-culture that exists beneath the main-stream. Last year, we helped facilitate and record a […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]