Man Gets Himself Intentionally Arrested for LSD Use



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Greg Kasarik is a drug user who is probably too honest for his own good.

This week, when he had a charge dismissed by a magistrate after pleading guilty, he volunteered to Melbourne Magistrates Court that he was again breaking the law by possessing a drug of dependence.

He was escorted outside the court by three police officers, arrested and charged again, and is due to return in three months.

Far from trying to avoid the law, Mr Kasarik’s preparedness for repeat offending is based on wanting the drug LSD regulated by the state government, so he and others can buy and use it safely.

Even if his push results in a conviction or jail.

“The reality is some bastard has got to be bunny and I’m happy to make that sacrifice,” he told Fairfax Media on Thursday.

An LSD user for a decade, Mr Kasarik has been so open about his”tripping” that he outed himself online, and has five times taken tabs on the steps of Parliament House – each time accompanied by supporters and a sandwich board advertising the fact.

It was the fifth time, in April last year, that Mr Kasarik was arrested, and so got to advance his cause before a magistrate.

On Tuesday, he told magistrate Paul Smith that the state’s laws around LSD were incompatible with the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, which promotes freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief.

Mr Kasarik, who uses LSD for “spiritual reasons”, asked that Mr Smith refer the matter to the Supreme Court.

His request was refused, but Mr Kasarik hopes one day to be sent to the higher court (he says he doesn’t have the funds to initiate the fight) to challenge the state government’s position the drug remain illegal because it is dangerous and addictive.

The former army tank driver believes alcohol and tobacco cause far more harm on society, and that LSD is safe and non-addictive provided it is used in controlled settings.

“The analogy I use is that if I put you on a Japanese superbike for the first time you’d probably be dead before you were around the first bend,” he said.

“You need to treat it with respect.”

After a 15-year career in the army, Mr Kasarik counselled students on careers, and worked with the unemployed and homeless, but has only had two (brief) jobs since publicly admitting his LSD use in 2010.

Using it every couple of months, he said, lets him reach a level of “mystical transcendence” and feel connected to the universe. Explaining what he feels is difficult, he concedes, and he acknowledges his reasoning could make him sound like he’s “completely full of s—“.

Whatever it does for him, Mr Kasarik plans to keep using LSD, and keep pushing for its regulation.

He said the stigma associated with drug use meant he had spent stints without a home, been all but unemployable for seven years and had friends who feared being seen associating with him.

“I was afraid to tell the truth about myself,” he said.”But after a while I just got tired of lying about it.”



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