Drug reform forum at SCU

Pre-eminent drug law reform advocate Dr Alex Wodak will be the guest speaker at a forum being organised as part of SCU’s Orientation week titled ‘Australian drug law and a civil society’.

Dr Wodak has been director of Alcohol and Drug Service at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney since 1982, helped to establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and started Australia’s first needle exchange program and medically supervised injecting centre.

The forum will also feature HEMP Embassy president Michael Balderstone, drug activist Neil Pike, Macquarie University’s ‘Students for Sensible Drug Policy’ representative Jacob Potkonyak and others.

“We were trying to find a topic and students, drugs and drug law reform seemed to be on all the lists,” said organiser Jim Moylan from SCU’s LEXUS student union.

Mr Moylan was involved in the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation’s Safe Use of Cannabis Guidelines in Brisbane last year and Dr Wodak mentioned he would be willing to talk at an academic function in the area.

Dr Wodak’s keynote address will be on ‘taxing and regulating recreational cannabis and providing medicinal cannabis: the why and how.’

There will also be a Q&A panel, questions from the floor and food available made with hemp seed and hemp seed meal.

It’s on at SCU’s Zest function room on Thursday, February 18, from 2-5pm. It’s free and everybody is welcome.


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