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NSW Government Proposes to Divert Certain Drug Offenders Away From the Criminal Justice System

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Government is proposing to implement a new program across the state, which would give some drug offenders a second chance. It’s a sharp departure from the hardline stance of successive state governments, which have refused to...

As the ACT Moves to Fixed-Site Pill Testing, NSW Police Minister Doesn’t Get It

by Paul Gregoire
NSW police minister David Elliott took the opportunity of Sydney opening up from its extended lockdown to strengthen the understanding that he has no idea about the evidence behind the harm reduction intervention known as pill testing. Elliott told Sky...

Police Profiling Intensifies Under COVID: An Interview With NUAA’s Dr Mary Ellen Harrod

by Paul Gregoire
The academic paper Policing Biosecurity sets out that of the people NSW police officers pulled up over a suspected COVID breach during the three months to 15 June last year, 45 percent were subsequently searched. However, in stark contrast, just...

“Jesus Used It Back in the Day”: An Interview With Legalise Cannabis/HEMP’s Michael Balderstone

by Paul Gregoire
The HEMP Party has decided to change its name to Legalise Cannabis Australia for the upcoming federal election. Established back in 1993, HEMP or Help End Marijuana Prohibition has been keeping the issue of cannabis legalisation on the political agenda...

The Offence of Possessing a Commercial Quantity of Unlawfully Imported Border Controlled Drug

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Police arrested a 29-year old man on Thursday, 2 September 2021 at his home in Mt Colah in Sydney’s north, after raiding several properties including a storage facility in Hornsby. It has been alleged that the raids led to the...

Victoria’s Ongoing Heavy-Handed Cannabis Policing Is Harmful

by Greg Denham
The Victorian state government has created a “ring of steel” enforced and protected by police. Protection from COVID-19, you’re thinking?  Well, yes, but there is another ring of steel operating in this state, which is preventing drug policy reform. Already...

The Need for a Medicinal Cannabis Driving Defence: An Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW government introduced the state’s much maligned drug driving laws in 2007. The regime criminalises any trace of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC, in the system whilst driving. The federal government, however, legalised the use of medicinal cannabis...

What is the Drug Court Program in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley AM will be made a permanent judge of the District Court and will be sworn in as the Senior Judge of the New South Wales Drug Court in the coming weeks. Deputy Chief Magistrate Mottley...

The Offence of Participation in a Criminal Group in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
30-year old Dylan Farrell, who once played for the St George Illawarra Dragon and South Sydney Rabbitohs, has been arrested in Nowra, south-east New South Wales. Police say he was arrested at around 8.30am on Thursday, 8 July 2021 when...

The Offence of Supplying a Large Commercial Quantity of Prohibited Drugs in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Two New South Wales men are facing charges for drug offences after police allegedly seized $12 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, and cocaine in Sydney’s South West over the weekend. Police allege the two men were arrested during...
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