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Supervised injection rooms, legalising cannabis, and whether or not illicit drugs should be decriminalised will be up for discussion at a Victorian inquiry into drug law reform.

Public hearings for a parliamentary inquiry into illicit drugs and prescription medication will resume on Monday, the first since committee member Khalil Eideh was refused entry into the United States while researching drug law reform.

The Western Metropolitan MP was banned from boarding a flight into the United States in late July without explanation.

At the time the Labor MP was on an official study tour as a member of Inquiry into Drug Law Reform committee with Sex Party MP Fiona Patten, Liberal MP Martin Dixon, and fellow Labor MPs Natalie Suleyman and Geoff Howard.

Representatives from five organisations are expected to address the inquiry on Monday.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia have recommended the decriminalisation of drug use and possession.

The group wants the state government to legalise recreational cannabis and say it should be regulated like alcohol, according to their written submission.

Drug Free Australia, which represents organisations and family associations that seek to prevent illicit drug use, says the push to decriminalise more drugs is “a trajectory that is highly dangerous and can only increase use”.

Not-for-profit treatment agency UnitingCare ReGen, public health non-government organisation Drug Policy Australia and the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) will also address the inquiry on Monday.

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