Thank you all for joining us for the second Canberra Drug Policy Event of 2019: What everyone needs to know about Cannabis legislation in the ACT: A conversation with Professor Beau Kilmer held on Tuesday 23 July at The Shine Dome.
This was another successful and booked-out event of The Canberra Drug Policy Series.
On 6 June 2019, the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services released its inquiry report into the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018. The report recommends legalising cannabis for personal use, but what does “legalising cannabis for personal use” really mean?
At this public event we heard from a variety of speakers, including Michael Pettersson, Member of the Legislative Assembly, speaking about the cannabis legalisation proposal in the ACT, and Professor Beau Kilmer, who gave a presentation on global cannabis legalisation models.
Professor Kilmer discussed what models were available, and examined the proposed ACT version. His presentation invited the audience to look beyond the binary of illegal versus legal and into a discussion of the different models and the potential outcomes, both good and bad, of each.
A special thank you to our Quiz Master Annie Bleeker, formerly of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, and to everyone who participated in the Cannabis Trivia Bingo. Congratulations to the winners, who all received a copy of Professor Kilmer’s book Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.
We look forward to seeing you all again at the next Canberra Drug Policy Series event!
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This Canberra Drug Policy Series event was brought to you by ATODA, Uniting, ANU School of Sociology, and RAND Australia.