Hi folks. Sorry I didn't get back to this earlier. I used the settings to alert me to new replies but received none... will look into that and sort it!
That is something I did not think about. This isn't a conference organised by me: I'll just be attending it. But this is a good point you make that requiring names from people is likely to discourage cannabis users and growers from attending. It is likely that you could use a pseudonym though as in my experience, I've never had anyone check my ID on entry to a symposium! (I don't think that would explain the need to register: it's more just because they tend to create badges for people so it's easier for people to engage in networking between the talks.)
Yeah I do wonder myself whether things will ever change but figure we should keep trying all the same. I have a feeling that critical mass will make a difference in this case so I'm not bowing out yet!
I think it's exciting that there are economists from University of Melbourne talking about cannabis law reform! There's definitely been some movement in the academic field on this issue over the last couple of years but that does not necessarily translate into political movement as we all know.
Just checking out the full program now. These are the full titles of the papers and their contributors for those interested:
Stephen Pudney, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex. Title: Licensing and regulation of the cannabis market in England & Wales: Towards a cost-benefit analysis
Marian Shanahan, Drug Modelling Project, NDARC, University of New South Wales. Title: Cost Benefit Analysis of Cannabis Legalisation
David Fergusson, University of Otago. Title: Cannabis and Psychosis: Is there a Causal Link?
Michelle Sovinsky Goree, University of ZÃ¼rich. Title: Consumption Decisions in Illegal Markets with Limited Accessibility: The Case of Cannabis
Anne Line Bretteville Jensen, SIRUS, Norway. Title: Does Decriminalization Increase Initiation into Cannabis?
Robin Room, University of Melbourne and Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre. An Overview of Where We Are: Key Themes and Issues
Jan van Ours, Tilburg University and University of Melbourne. Title: Why Do Some People Want to Legalize Cannabis Use?
Simon Lenton, Curtin University. Title: More Tales of CIN - Findings of the pre-post evaluation of The Cannabis Infringement Notice Scheme in Western Australia
Benedikt Fischer, Simon Fraser University. Title: Placing and Implementing Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines in the Context of Prohibition: A Policy Case Study from Canada
Wayne Hall, University of Queensland. Title: What does the History of Australian Cannabis Policy Suggest about the Likely Shape of Future Policy?
Panel session. Topic: Cannabis Policy in Australia: Current Policy Context, Explanations for Status quo, Barriers to Reform, and Critical Issues.
Speakers: Alison Ritter, DPMP, UNSW. Simon Lenton, NDRI, Curtin University. David Penington, University of Melbourne. Margaret Hamilton, University of Melbourne
The long and short of it is that NCPIC does not appear to be involved. Most of the academics in this list have written about drug law reform. NCPIC appears not to be interested in the legal aspects of cannabis, preferring to focus on health/harms/treatment.
puka, I'm very happy to send you any of my articles. Email me at m.barratt[at]curtin.edu.au (same goes to anyone else!)
Yes I have read the NCPIC thread and Professor Copeland's contributions. I think it is somewhat unfortunate as I believe Prof Copeland was doing the right thing in that she has *tried* to engage with the cannabis community (obviously better than most other professors you have to agree in that she did try to do this).
The problems as I see it: NCPIC's remit excludes the important issues (legislative change and medicinal use, to name two). If Prof Copeland can not speak outside of the NCPIC remit, then she is unable to address two big issues for the cannabis community here. Tricky for her and frustrating for you!
Another problem is that internet forums are not the native environment for most academics. So they can find it hard to engage through this kind of forum. I'm a little different as I've been into forums for a long time... I moderate at Bluelight for the Drug Studies area
and so I encounter researchers new to forums who want to promote their studies on a regular basis...
I am definitely interested in an open discussion on OzStoners. One question I'd like to ask folks here is: what research questions do you think we (as researchers) should be asking? Are there burning issues that are not being addressed by researchers that are pertinent to cannabis users and growers, especially Australians? I'm happy to post a thread to this effect or perhaps MongyMan, you can introduce me?
@Johny4pple2ee0 No I don't expects folks to just 'trust me' - certainly happy to talk more on the forums about any of the drug issues. I've been doing my PhD thesis about drugs and the internet for the last 5 years, but focusing on ecstasy/party drugs so haven't had my head in the cannabis issues of late. But I'm now just about to submit thesis and getting back into the cannabis issues and politics.
And in regards Facebook and Twitter, I'm well aware of the problems with discussing drug issues in social networking sites. Yet, other people do it so (as a researcher) I'm following the trend and seeing what they are up to. But no, I wouldn't recommend it myself: not a good place to talk about incriminating activity...
Woah, ultra-long post! I'll get those alerts sorted and will respond more quickly next time