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#26 Heretic

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 10:57 AM

love the fact it does not apply to tobacco products....

 

Good point indeed .

 

Curious how they stop the relatively benign things like naughty plants effectively ,  but meanwhile the place is flooded with ice , smack , and other nasties ....



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 12:38 PM

 

Curious how they stop the relatively benign things like naughty plants effectively ,  but meanwhile the place is flooded with ice , smack , and other nasties ....

 
easy, plant gardeners are more hesitant to break the law, where true criminal organizations are happy to remain criminal and import / manufacture their gear illegitimately.  this is one of the main problems with prohibition of drugs, guns etc. the people you wish to prohibit keep at their activities while regular people are without something of interest. in the case of drugs this requires elderly women and young teens to deal with sometimes violent criminals, and in the case of guns, means only people with criminal intent are wielding weapons.


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 08:48 PM

WE WON!! The psychoactive substances import bill was today passed by the government after accepting the amendments, one of which is to exclude all plant material and plant extracts from the new laws. This is a big win for ethnobotanical collectors, herbalists, ethnic australians and plant enthusiasts. I am so relieved that all that effort paid off.

 

Big thanks to all those who also made submissions to the senate committee [esp Niall for fronting the committee via phone at 3am from overseas], Fiona Patten for the encouragement, Nick Wallis for keeping an eye out for legislative changes, and Tronica for putting me in touch with Senator di Natale.

 

This sets a great precedent for the states to follow.


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:10 PM

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:16 PM

Well done Torsten and everyone involved.

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 09:25 PM

Hell yeah that is good news. Can you please post a link to the legislation? Also does this mean that things like kratom and salvia are no longer illegal to import? Or is that just wishful thinking?

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Posted Yesterday, 08:14 PM

Thanks to all involved for their work here, it's rare to see any fruits from so many peoples' tireless efforts in the often obscure politics surrounding our niche interest.

 

Unfortunately having the bill pass with ammendments isn't really a win so much as less of a loss.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:58 PM

Good stuff Torsten, you're a legend.

 

It'll be interesting to see how all this pans out.

 

Also does this mean that things like kratom and salvia are no longer illegal to import? Or is that just wishful thinking?

 

That's what I was thinking also but I'm not too great with the ins and outs of import law and knowing where the lawful ends and the unlawful begins. Either way, a definite win and step in the right direction!