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legitimate use

justinTNT

I think the draft model schedules should be scrapped.

There's already sufficient laws to pursue commercial drug distributers in the 'criminal economy', and to meet our international obligations.

I'm particularly concerned about the plans to ban un innumerable and undefined swathe of native australian plants.

For one thing, I think some of these plants (those bearing mescaline, DMT and salvinorin), far from presenting any harm to individuals who use them responsibly, actually represent great potential benefit to the wider community. If, despite all commonsense, these model schedules are formally instituted, then the legitimate uses of religious practice (broadly defined to encompass all sacramental consumption) and research (broadly defined to encompass personal assays) must be explicitly recognised and protected.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy - Macquarie University
Jacob Potkonyak & Daniel Freeman

MUSRA Office, Level 1, Building C10A
Macquarie University, NSW, 2109

ssdp.mq@gmail.com

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Abstract

Anon

To the Minister for Justice,

Regarding the submission request for the "Consultation on implementation of model drug schedules for Commonwealth serious drug offences"

In response to Question K:

(i) How should legitimate uses, for example medical, industrial or scientific uses, involving consumption be protected?

(ii) Which substances, in addition to GBL, have legitimate medical, industry, scientific and research applications which may require defences to be made available?

(iii) How should a legitimate use provision be constructed?

I respond: Given the number of demonstrated medical uses (see maps.org) for a number of the named drugs, the legislation should be worded in such a way that ANY substance can be permitted under legitimate use clauses, rather than having to create a clause that excludes only a specific substance.

Anonymous

To the Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP.

I wish to make a submission regarding the "Consultation on implementation of model drug schedules for Commonwealth serious drug offences" proposal. My submission incorporates a pro forma used by others, because I consider these points to be worthy of acknowledgement, but I also include some material of my own that I would like to see addressed.

1) In response to question E of the discussion paper I would like to submit that:

a) I oppose any further scheduling of any plants.

b) Those plants that are of concern in regards to drug trafficking and organised crime are already scheduled and any further scheduling will only confuse matters, while criminalising normal behaviour of law abiding citizens.

Dr Alistair Hay

Assistant Secretary
Criminal Law and Law Enforcement Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

7th March 2011

Consultation on implementation of model drug schedules for Commonwealth serious drug offences

Dear Madam or Sir,

I wish to comment on two categories of issues in the proposed legislation. I write as a retired Senior Research Scientist and Director of Botanic Gardens and Public Programs at the Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, though these views are not expressed on behalf of that organization. I also write as an authority on the genus Brugmansia (Hay et al., 2011) which is included in the draft model schedules of controlled plants.

1.The expanded list of plant and fungi species under the model schedule for controlled plants.

Anon

After reading the proposal i was initially concerned that some of the plants i routinely use as root stocks for many of my more delicate plants may be scheduled as plants containing mescaline so i have endeavored to research which plants do & which do not contain mescaline only to discover that dozens of very common species are recorded to contain traces of mescaline.
Many of these species are highly desirable as ornamentals, fruit bearing plants etc and contain trace amounts of mescaline making extraction of mescaline impractical or impossible, but under this proposal would be scheduled nonetheless.
Even within species that are well known for mescaline not all populations or individual plants contain mescaline:
Aragane, M., et al. Peyote identification on the basis of differences in morphology, mescaline content, and trnL/trnF sequence between Lophophora williamsii and L. diffusa., Journal of Natural Medicine, vol. 65, no. 1, 2011

Seth Harris

To whom it may concern:

I am writing this letter in response to the “Implementation of model schedules for Commonwealth serious drug offences” discussion paper. I have taken care to respond to those issues I felt most important in reading the discussion paper, and I hope that a similar degree of care is taken when these issues are finally addressed by the government. I raise this issue because I feel that on some issues (see particularly my responses to Questions L and E below), this proposed change in legislation has been constructed without much study, and this concerns me.

Question K, (ii), “Which substances, in addition to GBL, have legitimate medical, industry, scientific and research applications which may require defences to be made available?”:

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