Category: Drug Cultivation

We’re Importing Medical Marijuana, While Police Are Raiding Local Producers


The first two commercial batches of legal medicinal cannabis products were imported into Australia earlier this week. The medicines were produced in Canada and are being held by Health House International in WA and the Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals in Victoria. The imports are part of an interim fast-track scheme announced by Australian health minister Greg Hunt in February. ...

Raids on Medical Marijuana Producers: Making Way for Big Business?


Over the last seven weeks, police have made two high-profile raids of medicinal cannabis producers in Australia. The Ubuntu Wellness Clinic was raided in Newcastle on December 1. NSW police seized 215 plants from a hydroponic operation run by a group called the Church of Ubuntu. The church were one of the largest suppliers of the product in ...

Filipino President Continues Killing Spree in War Against Drugs


We recently reported on the newly elected Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte who publicly declared: “If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.” On Friday, the President threatened to quit the United Nations and form a separate organisation with China and several African nations. His ...

Legalisation of Cannabis Moves Closer


The campaign to legalise cannabis for medical purposes has taken an unexpected leap forward with support from the prime minister, and a clinical trial to go ahead in NSW. Prime Minister Tony Abbott wrote a letter to well known talkback radio host Alan Jones earlier this month, announcing that he supported the use of cannabis ...

Drugs and the white collar sector


A record number of 86,918 drug seizures were made in Australia according to the latest Illicit Drug Data Report by the Australian Crime Commission. But not all of these will make front page headlines or prime time news. The population of drug suppliers within Australia is a mixed bunch and crosses all echelons of society. ...

Should Cannabis Be Decriminalised for Medical Use?


Cannabis is currently a prohibited drug in all Australian jurisdictions, which has implications for people wanting to use the drug for medical reasons. Although the decriminalisation of cannabis for medical use has been debated on and off over the years, support for decriminalisation appears to have taken a recent leap forward. In the ACT, a ...

Defences to Cultivation of Cannabis Charges


The law regarding the cultivation of prohibited plants, such as cannabis, is set out under the Misuse of Drugs and Trafficking Act 1985 (the Act). Cultivation is in essence the illegal growing, tending, planting or harvesting of prohibited plants. If you have been charged with this offence, the penalties can be serious. However, you may ...

Recent Sydney Drug Sentencing Success Stories


What are the odds that a man caught supplying 1000 ecstasy tablets and 79 grams of ice will soon be seeing the world from behind bars? If you think they are fairly high, the results of his case may surprise you – in this case, the 27 year old man avoided jail, completed a rehabilitation ...

Prohibited Plants and the Law


Although many people are aware that the growing and cultivation of some plants is illegal, there is a certain amount of confusion as to what is acceptable in terms of the law. Although some plants can be used for the manufacture of illegal substances, having them in your possession doesn’t automatically mean that you are ...