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Canberra Has Turned Its Back on Medicinal Cannabis Patients

by Paul Gregoire
In May 2014, Barnaby Joyce spoke out in support of legalising cannabis medicine: a campaign fronted by a young patient named Dan Haslam. And two years later, the Nationals MP helped open the nation’s first medicinal cannabis farm in memory...

Welfare Drug Testing: Morrison Intensifies the War on the Unemployed

by Paul Gregoire
There’s currently a meme doing the rounds of the internet that depicts Jesus feeding the multitude. At the front of the crowd stands prime minister Scott Morrison with outstretched arms, beseeching Jesus as to what he should do. And Jesus...

What are the Consequences of Having a Criminal Record in Australia?

by Zeb Holmes
Over the past 30 years, Australia’s anti-discrimination laws have expanded to provide more protection for many marginalised groups. However, a notable exception is employment discrimination for those who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law, meaning the...

Dutton Argues Against Calls for Drug Decriminalisation

by Paul Gregoire
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has granted the ice inquiry commissioner Professor Dan Howard SC the extension he requested for the tabling of his report, so as to allow more time to consider the decriminalisation of the personal possession and use...

Record Drug Busts at Music Festival – Is This How We Measure Success?

by Sonia Hickey
If ever there was a point in recent Australian history at which we could say the vast majority of people have had every opportunity to become well informed about the potential health dangers and personal consequences of taking illegal drugs,...

Van Carrying $200 Million in Illegal Drugs Crashes Into Parked Police Cars

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that just before 10.30am on Monday, 22nd July 2019, a van carrying 273 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine – or ‘ice’ – crashed into police cars parked outside Eastwood Police Station in Sydney’s north-west. Officers inside the...

“Legalise and License the Supply of Drugs”: An Interview With Chris Daw QC

by Paul Gregoire
Criminal defence barrister Chris Daw QC is an outspoken advocate of drug legalisation. The 1912 International Opium Convention was the first transnational drug control treaty. Born out of concerns over opium use in China, the document was signed in the...

A Voice for Progressive Reform: An Interview With Labor MLC Rose Jackson

by Paul Gregoire
During her June maiden speech in NSW parliament, newly-incumbent Labor MLC Rose Jackson reminded those gathered that this state was once a world leader in harm reduction, which was exemplified by the establishment of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre...

Police Are Routinely Breaching Strip-Search Laws, As Well As Their Own Protocols

by Paul Gregoire
Section 31 of the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 provides that police can carry out strip searches in the field if “the seriousness and urgency of the circumstances make the strip search necessary”. These days, NSW police has...

Punishment Disguised as Safety: The Injustice of Drug Driving Laws

by Paul Gregoire
Enpsychedelia presenter Nick Wallis hosted a roadside drug testing forum on 4 May at the Nimbin MardiGrass, with panellists that included Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, HEMP Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas and renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris. During...
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