This year, the Australian Psychedelic Society bring you Melbourne’s first official screening of A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin followed by a panel discussion on psilocybin, other psychedelics and the law.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH
6PM – 9PM
State Library of Victoria – Village Roadshow Theatrette
The past, present and future of psychedelic prohibition in Australia
STEPH TZANETIS (DANCEWIZE)
Steph is a passionate harm reduction advocate, community lawyer, and partygoer. She’s coordinated Harm Reduction Victoria’s DanceWize program and volunteered at a community law centre for almost the past 5 years, and has close to a decade’s experience working in community services more broadly, including experience working and volunteering for aligned organisations internationally.
DR. MONICA BARRATT
Monica is a social scientist at the Drug Policy Modelling Program, part of Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Monica’s work examines the social and public health implications of digital technologies for people who use illicit and emerging psychoactive drugs. Research topics emerging from this interest include online drug markets or cryptomarkets and policy responses to novel psychoactive substance evolution. She specialises in engaging hard-to-reach networks and groups in digital spaces in conversations about research and policy, to inform policy change. Monica also serves as an Editor for policy-related articles at the International Journal of Drug Policy, and as the Director of Research at the international drug harm reduction community Bluelight.org. Monica is a lead researcher for the Global Drug Survey. She is also a regular attendee and contributor to EGA, from the mid-2000s.
Daniel is a psychonaut and activist with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and love of sharing said knowledge. Daniel has over a decade of experience volunteering with harm reduction groups such as Rave Safe Queensland, knowledge sharing/administrating/moderating online drug forums/groups and specifically informing people about psychedelics, namely plant and fungi based compounds. Murray Witham is Daniel’s father. Daniel will be speaking a little about a horrific 2015 incarceration in NSW for psilocybin mushrooms, as well as various other related topics including the APS campaign for law reform and how you can help.
James recently tried psilocybin mushrooms for the first time at age 69, after researching them thoroughly when his son was incarcerated for, “a commercial quantity of psilocybin” after being arrested with a mere 23 grams of dry mushrooms in a 5 gram bag (which was included in the weight) in NSW back in 2015. Above 25 grams of mushrooms is a seriously indictable offence with a max sentence of 25 years imprisonment in NSW. It takes 250 grams of methamphetamine to be classed as a seriously indictable offence in the same state, which shows the insane disparity of current drug laws. He has been begging for a stage to share his insights about drug law and it’s effects on otherwise law abiding citizens. He will be travelling all the way from Qld to speak publicly about his recent life changing experiences. A major highlight being his experience with 4 dried grams of P. Subaeurginosa for breakfast one morning, only a couple of months ago.
We will be paying special attention to the prohibition of psychedelics in Victoria and Australia: The history, the effect it has had on the community for the past 50 years and our plans to change this in 2018.
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