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justification

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.

Erik van Keulen

Model schedules in Criminal Code

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

 

I disagree with your department's proposal to expand the
plant schedules in the Criminal Code. Scheduling decisions are non-trivial and
must balance complex and competing interests. I argue below that your
department does not have the capacity to make sound effective evidence-based
scheduling decisions, and that you should not make scheduling decisions in
isolation and disconnected from the essential purpose of scheduling, which is
to reduce harm and risk.

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