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Your Guide to New South Wales Cannabis Laws

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Cannabis is Australia’s most widely consumed prohibited drug – used for recreational and medicinal purposes alike. But it is important to be aware that, despite decades of calls for the plant to be legalised, its importation, cultivation, supply and even...

The Legalise Cannabis Victoria Election Result Bodes Well for Genuine Law Reform

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Right now, the prediction is that Legalise Cannabis Victoria may well take out three upper house seats in the Victorian state election. Having secured two already, the party is waiting for the final count, but at present, it has garnered...

High Times in the Land of Smiles: Some Snaps

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The Thai government removed the entire cannabis plant from its scheduling as a narcotic in early 2022, which meant that, as of June, the plant has been legal. And a proliferation of licenced farms cultivating it and retail outlets selling the...

Canberra Has Turned Its Back on Medicinal Cannabis Patients

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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...
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