The Federal Attorney General wants to expand the list of federally prohibited plants. The list currently has 5 types of plants in it which can be used as drugs. This is to be expanded to include hundreds (possibly thousands) of other species, including all Angel’s Trumpets, many common cacti, many native and exotic wattles, powderpuffs, fodder grasses, Jimson weed, and many other common ornamental plants.
These laws will make criminals out of most nurseries, commercial propagators, gardeners, cactus collectors, farmers, and people working in landcare and dunecare. Selling just a single one of these plants can cause you to be charged and convicted with a federal drugs conviction and criminal record.
We believe that the government is making lazy laws that erode our freedoms and are unjustified. Many of the plants the government is proposing to ban do not pose a danger to society and are not used for drugs as they claim. We urge the government to make better laws that more specifically target what they are trying to achieve rather than eroding our liberties and invading our gardens.
The government is making these laws to reduce drug trafficking, yet most of the plants caught up in these blanket laws have no use as drugs, nor can they be used to extract drugs from as the quantities are usually present in only trace amounts.
The Minister for Justice is asking for your opinion on this issue and is requesting anyone who is affected to make a submission. The deadline for submissions is the 11th of March 2011.
For more information click the How You Can Help link, as the submissions deadline has now passed, we will be restructuring the website over the coming days with information on how to continue to lobby against the proposed legislation.
This website will explain which plants are caught up in this proposed legislation, which businesses and individuals will be affected, and what you can do to KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF YOUR GARDEN