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On Tuesday 10th of January 2017, Greg Kasarik had his second day in court. He had hoped to push his minor charge of possession of a ‘drug of dependence’ (Victorian legalese for all prohibited drugs in the state) to the Supreme Court, where he intends to challenge the basis of the law. Unfortunately, the presiding Magistrate decided against this. At that point, Greg produced a vial containing LSD in the court room and was promptly arrested. His polite words to the magistrate were, “I will continue doing this until I get somewhere.”

BACK TRACK

Greg Kasarik has been advocating for the legalisation of ‘transcendental compounds’ for religious purposes for a number of years. You can read about his reasons for this and why he chooses to use the term ‘transcendental compounds’ at his website, kasarik.com.

If you’ve spoken to Greg about why he is doing what he’s doing, you’ve probably heard him outline what a ‘transcendental compound’ is. This excerpt is from his website:

A Transcendent Compound is as substance that:

  1. Reliably allows a person to touch the Divine Mind.
  2. Is non-toxic.
  3. Is non addictive.
  4. Is psychologically safe, within an appropriate dose, set and setting.

Enpsychedelia has followed Greg’s trail for many years now. Back in 2012, Greg conducted a hunger strike in Melbourne’s CBD to demonstrate the passion he has for his belief. You can listen to this interview on the old Enpsychedelia podcast, Episode 8.

SAM_1093In the podcast, Greg outlined his essential legal argument, “The police and the government obviously know that they can’t just arrest me, and the reason I think they do that is because of what is called The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Section 14 of that Act gives the full right to religious freedom, so basically you have the right to believe what you want to believe and right to practice in a way to bring those beliefs to life and that’s both as an individual and as a community. Section 7 of the charter basically says that the Victorian Government can’t impinge upon those rights without a valid reason.”

Since this time, Greg has continued to campaign for a change to the laws. He has spent large amounts of this time homeless and jobless. He’s had dreams of starting a religion called the Community Of Infinite Colour, which presents itself as more of an anti-religion than something seeking followers. Greg has stated many times that, “The first disciple is the first heretic.”

BICYCLE DAY 2016

On April 19th 2016 (Bicycle Day), Greg took to the steps of Victorian parliament to take a tab of LSD. This was not the first time Greg had taken LSD or other psychedelics on the steps of parliament and around Melbourne’s CBD as part of his peaceful and on-going personal protest. But it was the first time that the police took action.

Greg was arrested and charged with possession of a ‘drug of dependence’. You can read his account of the day at his website.

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The charge that has been laid against Greg is found under Section 73(1) of Victoria’s Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.

        (c)     in any other case—to a penalty of not more than 400 penalty units or to level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum) or to both that penalty and imprisonment.

The first court hearing happened in September 2016, adjourning until January. The second hearing happened on January 10th 2017, where Greg was given the opportunity to make his case and request that the matter be heard by the Supreme Court. The presiding magistrate wanted the matter to be finished there and denied Greg’s request, which prompted Greg to produce a vial containing a (very) small amount of LSD, leading to his arrest and a further charge laid against him.

Greg’s next hearing date will be known soon.