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When Can Legal Costs Be Ordered Against Police in the NSW Local Court?

Two cannabis activists who beamed a cannabis message onto the sails of the Opera House have not only had the charges brought against them dropped, the New South Wales Police Force will need to pay for their legal costs. The...

NSW Government is Fine with Placing Young Lives at Risk This Mardi Gras

The use of condoms and greater access to them was a prominent issue in 1980s Australia, as the HIV/AIDS epidemic was worsening, as was the need for clean needles and syringes for people who inject drugs, which again had the aim of...

Criminal Charges Against Cannabis Campaigners Dropped, Despite Police Attempts to Convict

Cannabis legalisation campaign Who Are We Hurting activists, Alec Zammit and Will Stolk projected dancing cannabis leaves onto the Sydney Opera House at 4.20 am on 20 April 2022, as a cheeky stunt, much like others they’ve conducted in the past,...

Selling Nicotine Vapes Without Prescription is a Crime in NSW

Raids on around 60 retail stores in Sydney have led to the seizure of approximately 30,000 suspected nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, also known as nicotine vapes, as well as  tobacco products suspected of being sold without paying tax, with an estimated value...

The Offence of Unlawfully Possessing a Prescribed Restricted Substance in NSW

Whilst most people know that there are criminal laws against possessing recreational drugs like MDMA, heroin and cannabis in New South Wales, it is perhaps less commonly known that possessing some pharmaceutical medicines without a valid prescription can also amount...

Dozens of Festival Deaths “Potentially Preventable” With Pill Testing, Study Finds  

A just released research paper inquiring into the circumstances of drug-related deaths at music festivals in this country, has found that 64 such fatalities transpired at events across Australia over the period from July 2000 until the end of 2019. Produced...

Melbourne Mass Drug Overdose Provides the “Mandate” to Rollout Pill Testing

Eight festivalgoers were in critical condition following a mass overdose incident at Melbourne’s Hardmission Festival last Saturday night. And so widespread was the negative impact upon those who’d taken the same bad batch of pills that event medics had to...

Premier Minns, All NSW Wants for Christmas Is Drug Decriminalisation

The transition from 11 years of Liberal Nationals governance in NSW to that of a Labor government, following the March state election, has all been smooth sailing, as the new administration hasn’t attempted to rock the boat in any way...

Despite Pill Testing Bill, Minns Condemns Festivalgoers to a Summer of Drugtaking Blind

NSW Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann introduced pill testing legislation into state parliament last week, in an effort to save the lives of people who die regularly in drug-related circumstances, because while drugs like MDMA are illegal, they’re available on the black...

Your Rights at Music Festivals in New South Wales

Music festival season is upon us, and with it, you can rest assured there’ll be plenty of police officers and sniffer dogs targeting patrons who are in possession of prohibited drugs. So it’s perhaps timely to know about your legal rights...
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