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evidence-based policy

Anon

Dear Assistant Secretary,
I write to you as in regards to the Consultation on implementation of model drug schedules for Commonwealth serious drug offences.
I am a concerned stakeholder, being an ethnobotanist (someone who studies the uses of plants by humans, including the chemistry and pharmacology of plants), avid gardener, and amateur herbalist. I have a keen interest in human rights and liberties, and due to this combination, I have noticed many things in the proposed legislation under discussion that I find alarming and poorly informed. My primary interest is with the plant offences, and extends to some of the drug and precursor offences due to the way in which they may be interpreted to apply to plants or plant products which should not be subject to criminal legislation.
Please see the following pages for my submission.

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.

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