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Drug Importation

Redefining Medical Cannabis: An Interview with This Week in Weed TV’s Loren Paul Wiener

by Paul Gregoire
Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale moved a disallowance motion through the federal Senate on June 13 this year, which allowed terminally ill patients to import up to three months’ worth of medical marijuana products from overseas. The motion reversed...

Ending Execution: An Interview with Reprieve Australia’s Julian McMahon

by Paul Gregoire
In the early hours of the morning on April 29 2015, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad by Indonesian authorities. The two men were part of the Bali Nine: a group of Australians convicted of drug...

We’re Importing Medical Marijuana, While Police Are Raiding Local Producers

by Paul Gregoire
The first two commercial batches of legal medicinal cannabis products were imported into Australia earlier this week. The medicines were produced in Canada and are being held by Health House International in WA and the Pharmaceutical Packaging Professionals in Victoria. The imports...

Government Bureaucracy Impedes Access to Medicinal Cannabis

by Paul Gregoire
Australian health minister Greg Hunt announced last week that medical marijuana will be more readily available within the next eight weeks. He said the government will ensure the fast tracking of the importation of cannabis based medicines. This relaxing of the laws...

Six Charged Over $300 Million Cocaine Haul

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Police say they have busted a massive cocaine network operating on the NSW South Coast, making one of the largest seizures of cocaine in the state’s history. Six men were arrested and further arrests are expected to be made today,...

From Prisoner to Principal Lawyer: An Interview with Debbie Kilroy

by Paul Gregoire
Queensland attorney-general Yvette D’Ath announced the members of the reinstated Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council on November 10 last year. The council works to advise the state government and Court of Appeal on sentencing matters. Amongst the ten members of the council...

Police Claim Major Success in War on Drugs

by Ugur Nedim
“This job started with just a thread of information to the NSWPF’s Drug Squad two and a half years ago”, NSW Police Commissioner Mark Jenkins told a reporter. “That thread has helped us keep more than a tonne of illegal...

Neddy Smith: A Career in Crime

by Paul Gregoire
Standing at 6ft 6in, Arthur “Neddy” Smith – the infamous standover man – had a menacing aura. He was a leading underworld figure during the mid-1980s Sydney drug wars. And he drove fear into all he encountered. Today, the 72-year-old...

‘DJ Badmouth’ Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Thailand

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Young Sydney DJ Jake Mastroianni has had his double-life sentence upheld in a Bangkok Court this week. He is one of more than 250 Australians currently behind bars in foreign countries. Each year, about 1,000 Australians are arrested overseas, and...

Filipino President Continues Killing Spree in War Against Drugs

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
We recently reported on the newly elected Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte who publicly declared: “If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.” On Friday, the President threatened to...
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