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Plant Freedom Alliance

We monitor the national bodies that legislate and regulate plants, medicines and mind-altering substances closely. If we don’t like what they are suggesting, we are always very active in researching the issue, writing submissions, and advertising the proposed change through our networks. 

For example, when the federal government tried to make 1000s of plant species illegal (including all the native acacias), 8000 email submissions to the Attorney General were sent through our website. This resulted in the proposed law being dropped.

However, new federal legislation has been passed that gives the Australian Government unprecedented powers to ban plants and substances without parliamentary approval or public consultation; the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious Drugs, Identity Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2012 also allows the Australian Government unprecedented powers to spy on and invade the personal privacy of its citizens. Though the law is ostensibly aimed at combating emerging synthetic compounds, we've already seen that there are policymakers out there who would like to criminalize acacias, cactus, and other wonderful teacher plants.

It's high time that we had a policy of regulation based on evidence and public consultation, rather than arcane prohibition which is likely to lead to more social harm from drugs in the long run and is an infringement upon our basic rights as individuals.

Stay tuned for more info on the Plant Freedom Alliance!

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