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Time to Legalise: Australia Demands Cannabis Law Reform

by Paul Gregoire
At the time of writing, Pauline Hanson’s seat in the Senate is in question as the votes for the last Queensland upper house seat are still being counted and are too close to call, as Legalise Cannabis candidate Bernie Bradley...

NSW Police Claim Victory in the War on Drugs

by Sonia Hickey
Eighteen men aged between 19 and 39 are appearing in courts across Sydney’s West and South-West today after being arrested in coordinated police raids. Police have described the men as ‘low to mid ranking’ members of a dial-a-dealer drug network...

Governments Benefit From Drug Prohibition to the Detriment of Public Health

by Paul Gregoire
In a similar manner to the way governments like ours in Australia, continue to ignore warnings about the climate crisis coming from scientists, politicians across the globe choose to disregard the overwhelming and mounting evidence that drug prohibition has been...

Legislating Cannabis Legalisation: An Interview With Legalise Cannabis Candidate Gail Hester

by Paul Gregoire
When US Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner Harry Anslinger commenced his cannabis demonisation program in the 1930s, it was one of the most widely used medicines in Australia, with the first federal health director general having previously advised against any need...

Minor Parties May Hold the Key to a Legalised and Regulated Cannabis Market

by Paul Gregoire
The situation with illegal recreational cannabis in Australia is beyond ridiculous. The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey outlines that 36 percent of locals have used the fairly innocuous plant at some point in time, 11 percent of the population had use...

The Cocaine Will Flow, Despite Police Parading Latest Seizure

by Paul Gregoire
Yet another image of police parading in front of a large haul of drugs appeared in the press last week. Located off the South Australian coast by the Australian Border Force on 18 March, the drugs were detected after intelligence suggested...

Sydney Pharmacist Imprisoned for Commercial Drug Supply

by Sonia Hickey
A formerly well-respected and highly-successful Sydney pharmacist has been sentenced to imprisonment after pleading guilty to commercial drug supply and dealing with proceeds of crime of more than $100,000. The court heard that 61-year old Michael Lowe ran profitable pharmacies...

Spotlight on Overdose: An Interview With AIVL CEO Jake Docker

by Paul Gregoire
Despite being an abject failure from its inception, the war on drugs continues and its casualties are mounting. Although its victims are not illicit substances, and nor are they those who profiteer from their manufacture or trafficking. Those who’ve primarily...

Decriminalising Drugs to Save Lives: An Interview With Reason Leader Fiona Patten

by Paul Gregoire
“The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” declared the Global Commission on Drug Policy, in its June 2011 report. And the commission holds serious weight being made up of leading intellectuals and...

Go Fiona! Patten Legislates for Drug Decriminalisation in Victoria

by Paul Gregoire
Reason Party leader Fiona Patten is yet again doing what she does best: pushing for progressive change in the state of Victoria. Over recent years, the Victorian MLC has successfully seen the establishment of the Richmond supervised injecting room, the enactment...
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