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April 12, 2021

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While this month twenty years ago the Sydney drug summit was held and for one week parliament sat and listened to the stories of welfare workers and compassion started to take hold. At that time we had heroin dominating the news, countless people overdosed etc. The Nimbin Hemp Embassy travelled to the summit to make sure that cannabis, the most used illegal drug, was not forgotten.

So they changed the laws: allowed for an injecting room, which works really well in Kings Cross and saved endless lives; brought in the caution system for cannabis procession; and established the Community Drug Action Teams (CDAT) throughout the state to deal with the different locally arising issues.

We now a premier who is against pill testing, which has been working successfully in the ACT as well as in a few European countries for over twenty years, saving the lives of numerous young innocent people.

From May 20 NSW police will suspend your license and fine you $561, if you return a positive roadside saliva test; this is without going and being heard in court. You will lose your licence only because there are traces of cannabis found in your saliva, which can not scientifically be judged as a reason for impairment.

How unjust is this procedure if we know that cannabis gets stored in our fat cells for months, and as I learnt at the Medicinal Cannabis Symposium six weeks ago, it will release some of it back into the system after exercise. Isn’t it time we speak and stand up to this injustice which will have a huge impact on the life quality of so many, especially older citizens using it for well being. This will isolate people even more in rural areas, where there is hardly any public transport available. Time to ring and write to our politicians this week and demand a fairer system.  


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