Category: Drug Possession

Recreational Cannabis: Regulate and Reap the Benefits


While there are moves to provide access to medical cannabis for sufferers One in five US citizens now lives in state where the use of recreational marijuana is permitted. On November 8 last year, another four US states voted in favour of marijuana legalisation, bringing the total number of states to eight, as well as the District ...

Decriminalising Medical Cannabis: An Interview with NSW Labor MLC Adam Searle


NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley introduced a game-changing medicinal cannabis bill before parliament on March 9, which has largely gone unnoticed. The legislation calls for the decriminalisation of possession of the medicine, as well as establishing “a lawful supply chain.” “We know that for some people with terminal illnesses and very serious illnesses, medicinal cannabis is the only effective ...

It’s Official – Sydney is Australia’s Cocaine Capital


The most extensive study into illegal drug use in Australia has found that Sydney is the nation’s cocaine capital, and that the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, is on the rise in rural areas. The research, costing more than $3 million and facilitated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), was undertaken as part ...

Australia Should Follow Portugal’s Drug Decriminalisation Model


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Portugal decriminalised the possession of all illicit drugs for personal use in 2001. If an individual is found with a permitted amount of cannabis, methamphetamine or heroin on them, they are not sent to court where they face the prospect of a criminal conviction, but to a dissuasion panel ...

Sniffer Dog Operations – Ineffective, Intrusive and Dangerous


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Once again, figures obtained under the Government Information (Public Access) Act NSW 2009 suggest that the enormous amount of taxpayer funds and police resources invested into drug dog detection programs are not delivering dividends when it comes to addressing the illegal use of drugs. Instead, they are resulting in ...

The President’s Role in Shaping Crime Policy


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The election of Donald Trump came at a time of widespread dissatisfaction with traditional politics and discontent with the perceived direction of the nation when it comes to both domestic and international policies, including criminal justice. The tension between the movement towards diversionary and preventatives measures on the one ...

“Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana”: New US Chief Lawyer an Obstacle to Reform


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has named Jeff Sessions as the US Attorney General, the chief lawyer and prosecutor for the federal government. There are concerns Mr Session’s appointment will mean the end of proposals designed to reduce the US prison population through drug decriminalisation and a greater focus on ...

Sniffer Dogs: False Positives and Limits to Police Powers


One of the most controversial tools in the armoury of police when it comes to enforcing drug laws is the use of drug detection dogs. These dogs were introduced after the 2000 Sydney Olympics to catch drug suppliers, but have failed dismally to meet their stated objective. Rather, drug dog operations have led to tens ...

Are E-Cigarettes Legal?


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Electronic cigarettes are becoming a popular alternative to smoking, but there’s some confusion about whether they are actually legal and if so, whether they are subject to anti-smoking laws. The answer is not simple – lawmakers around the world are grappling with e-cigarettes, but Australia is one of the ...

“You would think that a murder has taken place” – Police close down Sydney nightclub


NSW police raided Candy’s Apartment nightclub on Saturday night over allegations of drug supply and licensing breaches. Around 40 police officers poured out of unmarked buses and stormed the club, telling patrons to leave, as the venue was being closed down. A resident DJ at the club, Elliott Harper, posted on Facebook that police closed the whole ...