Michael Balderstone speaks to a group of protesters outside Lismore Court House against saliva testing for drug drivers.Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Michael Balderstone speaks to a group of protesters outside Lismore Court House against saliva testing for drug drivers.Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Drug driving protest to be held at Thomas George’s office

PROTESTERS will gather outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office on Monday to voice their opposition to roadside drug testing which saw 1270 drivers test positive to illicit drugs in 2015 across the Richmond LAC.

Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the protestors would aim to highlight the 'dishonesty' of the tests and their unintended consequences.

He said it was their third call for change, this time outside local NSW MP Thomas George's office in Lismore on Monday at 11am, 55 Carrington St, Lismore.

"The extraordinary results of one in four testing positive from the police's new saliva testing of drivers in this area in 2015 has to be seriously questioned," he said.

"They have trebled the number of tests for this year on these results.

"Completely unimpaired good drivers are going to lose their licences, and jobs in many cases."

Mr George will be presented with a letter and a copy of the book "Chasing the Scream"which explains well the origins of the war on drugs.

Mr Balderstone said he would ask Mr George to pass the letter and book onto National Party leader Troy Grant, the ex-policeman who is now NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and the Police.

"A Baptist, Mr Grant has been outspoken in his enthusiasm for the drug testing but we reckon he still believes the reefer madness propaganda of old," he said.

Protesters are calling for designated drivers to transport people from Nimbin to Lismore as they may test positive if they drive themselves.

"Many of the protesters going to Lismore are vulnerable if their saliva is tested so Nimbin's HEMP Embassy is asking for and has designated drivers leaving the Embassy at 10am," Mr Balderstone said.

"If drivers have spare seats and it suits they can connect then to give lifts or contact your friends and fill the car we suggest."

For more information call the Nimbin Hemp Embassy on 6689 0326.



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