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Defending Drug Charges: Putting the Prosecution to Proof and Raising Available Defences

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If you have been charged with a drug offence, it is vital to be aware that each of these offences contains several ‘essential elements’ (or ingredients) which the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt – the prosecution will fail if...

Your Guide To New South Wales LSD (‘Acid’) Laws

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Lysergic acid diethylamide, which is also known as LSD or ‘acid’, was the ultimate psychedelic of 1960s counterculture, epitomising the credo of “turn on, tune in, drop out”. However, supplying or even possessing the drug in New South Wales could...

Your Guide To New South Wales MDMA (‘Ecstacy’) Laws

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The substance known scientifically as 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is commonly known as MDMA or ‘ecstasy’. The drug has been around for decades, and remains a popular party drug, particularly amongst young adults. According to the latest national statistics  12.5% of Australians have...

Your Guide to New South Wales Methamphetamine (“Ice”) Laws

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Crystal methamphetamine (“meth” or “ice) remains a popular recreational drug in Australia amongst a small but persistent group of users. According to the latest national statistics just under 6% of Australians have used methamphetamine in their lifetime and 1.3% have...

Your Guide to New South Wales Cocaine Laws

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Cocaine use is on the rise in Australia with the latest national statistics finding 11% of Australians have used cocaine in their lifetime and 4% have used in the past 12 months. Here’s a summary of the laws, penalties and...

Criminal Offences Relating to Drug Precursors

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Most people are familiar with the various criminal laws applying to the possession, importation and supply of illicit drugs, however less known is that laws also apply to drug ‘precursors’ or chemicals that can be used to manufacture illicit drugs....

The History of Drug Criminalisation in the Western World

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The first importers and suppliers of what are now classed as illegal drugs were not your typical criminals, but a group of nations, called Great Britain, Portugal, France and the United States of America. The Opium war Britain actually started...

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

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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

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“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...

Drug Supply Prohibition Orders: Targeting Those Who Have ‘Served Their Time’

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The Berejiklian government has introduced a bill that establishes a pilot scheme that allows NSW police to place those who have been convicted of drug supply or drug manufacture under enhanced surveillance after they’ve served their sentences. Introduced on 20...
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