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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...

What are the Penalties for Prohibited Drug Offences in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim
The main piece of legislation in New South Wales which facilitates the prohibition of drugs is the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (‘the Act’). The main criminal offences contained in the Act are divided into two parts: Summary offences...

Lawyers Call For Drug Law Reform: An Interview With ALA’s Greg Barns

by Paul Gregoire
“The war on drugs has failed” is a common catchphrase these days. Ever-increasing numbers within the community are coming to realise that the great edifice of heavily enforced drug prohibition is more destructive on a societal and individual level than...

Legalising Cannabis Would Assist Australia Out of Its Deep Recession

by Paul Gregoire
Australia is going through its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures in early September that showed over the 12 months to June the economy had contracted by 6.3 percent. The downturn was...

The Offence of Cultivating a Prohibited Plant in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
NSW Police have seized more than 13,000 cannabis plants worth an estimated $40 million, in what they describe as one of the largest cannabis busts in Australia’s history. Fourteen men have been charged with a range of drug and criminal...

A Crime of Compassion: An Interview With Green Light’s Nicholas Morley

by Paul Gregoire
Against the backdrop of the ACT having just passed laws to legalise cannabis use, and the pending three year anniversary of the government’s highly derided cannabis medicine licensing scheme, comes a documentary that deals with the reality of medicinal cannabis...

Canberra Has Turned Its Back on Medicinal Cannabis Patients

by Paul Gregoire
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...

Why the Greatest Medicinal Plant is Outlawed: An Interview With HEMP’s Dr John Jiggens

by Paul Gregoire
As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens puts it, cannabis is the “greatest herbal medicinal plant on the planet”. It can be used to treat more conditions than any other medicine. There’s no risk of overdose. And early last century, it...

Police Raid on Nimbin Hemp Embassy: Little More Than a Show of Strength

by Paul Gregoire
Stores in California will open at 2am AEST tomorrow morning. And some of the shoppers living in the fifth largest economy in the world will buy legal cannabis to smoke. Meanwhile, there will be other Californians at home, tending to...

‘Medicine Man’ Escapes Prison Time for Serious Drug Charges

by Paul Gregoire
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...
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