Legalising Marijuana – a Dopey Idea?



Dr Greg Pike is a Bioethicist and the Director of the Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture (ACBC). Dr Pike obtained his doctorate in Physiology from the University of Adelaide in 1984, then continued with postdoctoral studies in the USA supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1998 he joined the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute and was its director from 2004 to 2012 before becoming founding director of ACBC. He focuses on bioethics with a particular emphasis on the influence of bioethics on public policy development. He has participated extensively in public debates on stem cells, cloning, abortion, euthanasia and illicit drug policy. He has a broader interest in ethical issues related to new technologies in the health sciences, particularly reproductive technologies and genetics. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Australian Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Programme, a member of The Institute on Global Drug Policy, and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology. He was also a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee for the 2006-2009 triennium.

Content of Dr Pike’s Presentation:

“What’s up with marijuana? One minute it’s a harmful drug causing psychosis and a host of other problems, and the next it’s medicine.
The public could be forgiven for being confused. After all, there are few people who don’t have some experience with a family member, relative or friend whose marijuana habit has wreaked havoc.
After years of medical marijuana in many US states, legalisation for ‘recreational’ purposes has now followed in some.
Is there a link, and what is it? Could marijuana be medicine, and if so, how should it be regulated?
Is legalising marijuana for ‘recreation’ inevitable?
There’s a lot at stake here. Come and hear some sense on this tangled story”.

Date: Monday 24th August 2015

Venue: Central Baptist Church, 33 Charlemont St, Hamilton 3200

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: Free. An offering will be taken.

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