Category: Drug Manufacture

Woman Faces Prison for Giving Cannabis Oil to Sick People: An Interview with Jenny Hallam


If you ask the South Australian police what they think of Jenny Hallam, they’ll call her a criminal. Ask many others, and they’ll say she’s their angel. Ms Hallam, a marijuana reform activist, is facing up to 10 years in prison after police raided her house earlier this year and charged her with manufacturing a ...

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 ...

World’s Most Notorious Drug Lords


They run the lucrative black market; shipping thousands of kilograms of drugs across the world and making billions in the process. But a drug kingpin’s life if filled with fear and paranoia – with sophisticated operations and infighting to control, enemies to deal with, and authorities to evade. Here are five of the world’s most ...

You Won’t Believe What a Printer Can Do


3D printing is the latest technology taking the world by storm. From food to mechanical parts and even handguns, just about anything can be printed if you have the right equipment. And with 3D printers now cheaper than ever before (from under $1,000 in Australia) it might not be long before they become a regular ...

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 ...

Will Australia ever ban cigarettes?


The tobacco industry has millions of dollars to invest in marketing and lobbying, and increasingly tough government measures are forcing cigarette companies to be inventive to stay in the market. The Daily Telegraph recently reported that one cigarette brand, British American Tobacco Australia, has started selling inexpensive cigarettes in a bid to keep customers despite ...

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. ...

Drug Addiction and Crime Affects People From All Backgrounds


The stereotypical drug addict is usually depicted as being from a low income or disadvantaged background, but drug addiction is far more widespread than that and affects people from all walks of life. Drug addiction also unfortunately often leads to a variety of crimes, from larceny and break and enter to support the habit all ...

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 ...

Is Drug Purity Relevant?


The seriousness of a drug charge will largely depend on the weight of the drug. But what constitutes the weight of the drug? Is it the total impure weight of the substance containing the drug? Or only the pure weight of the drug within the substance? In other words, if 5 ‘ecstacy’ pills are located ...