Category: Drug Offences

It’s Time to Regulate Cocaine and MDMA: An Interview with Transform’s Steve Rolles


The debate around legalising recreational cannabis in this country is growing louder. What once seemed to Middle Australia like a far-out idea held by some rural hippies, nowadays, isn’t such a distant concept as the news of successful legalisation in 10 US states funnels in over the internet. Currently, there’s a piece of legislation under ...

On Legalising and Regulating Cocaine: An Interview With Dr Julian Buchanan


The NSW police drug detection dog program has been widely criticised, as it gets it wrong between two-thirds to three-quarters of the time. And the 2006 Ombudsman report pointed out that when searches are successful, most only turn up small amounts of cannabis. In 2013, a passenger disembarking at Sydney’s Redfern Station was six and ...

From Decriminalising to Legalising Cannabis: An Interview With Ex-ACT Health Minister Michael Moore


As far as ACT Labor MLA Michael Pettersson is concerned, his territory will be legalising the use and personal possession of cannabis before the year is out. The legislation he introduced to make this happen is currently before a parliamentary inquiry, which will table its report in early June. The Personal Cannabis Use Bill legalises ...

Calls for Overhaul of Drug Driving Laws


Roadside drug testing was introduced into the NSW setting in 2007. Just like random breath testing (RBT) for alcohol, drug testing drivers was said to be brought in to improve safety on the roads. But, unlike RBT, it doesn’t test for driver impairment. It’s a trace-based program. The NSW testing regime was modelled on that ...

Police Should Test for Impairment Levels of Drugs, Not Minute Traces


On the first weekend of this month, NSW police carried out a roadside alcohol and drug driving blitz in the Northern Rivers region. And while locals aren’t complaining about officers booking drunk drivers, they are opposed to those charged with drug driving as there’s no proof they were impaired. Those living in the northern coastal ...

NSW Greens Push to Legalise Recreational Cannabis


The NSW Greens are set to introduce a private member’s bill within 100 days post-state election that could see recreational cannabis legalised for adult use in NSW during the next parliamentary term, which is a move that an increasingly large percentage of the community would like to see happen. The bill would legalise and regulate ...

Police Strip-Search 19-Year Old, Find Nothing but Kick Her Out of Festival Anyway


NSW police are continuing their war on music festivals, signified by exorbitant costs for user-pays policing, illegal strop-searches and the denial of entry to patrons even where no drugs are found after a search. This time, their alleged victim is a 19-year-old Newcastle woman, who says she searched and found to be holding no illicit ...

Criminal Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ After Being Convicted of Drug Supply


Ugo Parente was employed by a criminal law firm in Liverpool shortly after being admitted as a New South Wales lawyer in 2006. He represented clients in a range of criminal cases and was a vocal anti-drug campaigner. He was even commended by the prime minister for his commitment to initiatives against illicit drug use. ...

‘Medicine Man’ Escapes Prison Time for Serious Drug Charges


Veteran medicinal cannabis producer Tony Bower escaped prison time when he was sentenced for commercial drug cultivation, along with other serious drug offences, at Port Macquarie District Court last Monday. Known locally as the Medicine Man, Mr Bower turned himself in after his Crescent Head property was raided by police and 280 cannabis plants were ...

Towards a Regulated Drug Market: An Interview With Robert Richter QC


Human beings have been using psychoactive substances since prehistoric times. The use of opium, mushrooms, psychedelic cacti and alcohol has gone on for millennia. You might say that drug use has gone hand in hand with the progress of civilisation into the modern day. The system of drug prohibition that we are living under globally ...