LSD, THE LAW AND YOU
In this presentation, Greg will discuss his legal journey, including contact with politicians, arrests and appearances before the Court and plans for future legal activism. It will focus primarily on the drug laws, as they exist within Australia. Specifically it will addresses the issues of Religious and Spiritual Freedom as a fundamental Human Right and how laws including how the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006), have evolved to protect this right. While there are limitations inherent in the these laws, they have the potential to positively impact drug policies in Australia and around the world, The presentation will also discuss the how laws and constitutions of other countries, such as Canada, South Africa the EU and USA can be used to forward a positive Human Rights focus in order to achieve sensible drug law oucomes. Finally, Greg will touch on how people can best mobilise in order to raise the issue of drug law reform as a human rights issue in the minds of both politicians and the general public.
Described by The Age newspaper as, "a drug user who is probably too honest for his own good", GREG KASARIK is a drug law reform advocate, who is open and honest about his use of Enthogens for spiritual and religious purposes. Since 2010, he has been campaigning for the Victorian Government to provide regulated access to "Transcendent Compounds" for these purposes and as part of this campaign, he has completed a 28 day Hunger Strike and publicly taken LSD four times on the steps of the Victorian parliament house, after having announced his intentions to all members of the Victorian Parliament. On the fifth occasion, on Bicycle Day, 2016, Greg was arrested and charged with LSD possession. In January of 2017, after being unsuccessful in having the matter referred to the Victorian Supreme Court under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006), Greg pleaded guilty and the charges were dismissed. He immediately announced to the court that he was once more in possession of LSD and was escorted from the court and immediately re-arrested on charges of LSD possession. At his latest court appearance in early May, Greg successfully argued the legal aspects of the case for referral to the Supreme Court, but was unsuccessful in obtaining referral, because the matter was not considered important enough for a referral. Since then, Greg has continued to lobby the Government and politicians for implementation of sensible drug policy. Greg is also the founder of the post-dogmatic spiritual movement, “Community of Infinite Colour”, which is based on the realisation that with greater understanding of the Infinite, comes less certainty about what can be “known” and the recognition that organised religion has actively disconnected people from experience of the Divine by imposing arbitary, limited dogmas that serve as safe, secure, spiritual straight jackets, at the expense of meaningful engagement spiritual experience. Greg is not a "guru" who claims to have all (or even any) of the "answers" and openly admits that he doesn’t have a clue what is going on. Instead he encourages others to engage with their own spiritual journey, recognising that we are each engaged with our own lived experience and the realities of the universe that we happen to inhabit and that by definition each individual's understanding will be unique.