Category: Drug Possession

NSW Police Continue Unfair Exclusion Policy at Music Festivals


There was a public outcry mid-year after NSW police began employing a new strategy, whereby punters were denied entry to music festivals following a positive indication by a drug detection dog even though no illicit substances were subsequently found. And despite the fact that there’s been little noise about the use of this quite-possibly-illegal tactic over ...

Pill Testing, Not Penalties: An Interview With Take Control’s Kieran Palmer


Two young people died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September. At the time, there was saturation policing at the music festival. There were 194 police officers deployed at the event, some of whom were accompanied by drug detection dogs. The tragedy sparked renewed calls for the roll out of pill testing trials in NSW. ...

Judge Recognises that Medicinal Cannabis Producers are Not Criminals


The benefits of cannabis medicine are becoming widely accepted within the Australian community. However, laws around the non-profit cultivation of the plant to help the sick continue to carry the same level of criminality as the laws for those who grow it for profit. But, it appears some magistrates and judges are beginning to make ...

Church-led Coalition Calls for Drug Decriminalisation


On Friday morning, Sir Richard Branson launched Uniting’s Fair Treatment campaign at Sydney Town Hall. The well-known drug reform advocate threw his support behind the campaign that’s pushing for the decriminalisation of the possession of drugs for personal use, as well as increased investment in harm reduction. The church-led campaign which is calling on the NSW government ...

Australia’s First Cannabis Medicine: An Interview With Little Green Pharma’s Fleta Solomon


Locally-grown and produced medicinal cannabis products are finally available on the Australian market. Western Australian company Little Green Pharma is the first amongst a number of producers to deliver the long-awaited local product since cannabis medicines were legalised. However, this highly-anticipated development has somewhat flown under the radar, as Little Green Pharma made the announcement on ...

Cannabis Legalisation Is Inevitable: An Interview With ADLaRI’s Ben Mostyn


Global drug prohibition had its beginnings over a century ago. And the intensification of its law enforcement aspect – known as the war on drugs – was launched by Nixon in 1971. In NSW, this prohibitive system is reflected in the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. Section 10 of the Act outlaws drug possession. This ...

The Cannabis Climate in Australia: An Interview With SA Cannabis Council’s Matthew Rowland


Attitudes to the cannabis plant are rapidly changing around the globe. Recreational cannabis is now legal in nine US states, while Canada is set to legalise it nationwide. And medicinal cannabis is now readily available in 31 jurisdictions throughout the US. The tide is beginning to turn in Australia too. Greens leader Richard Di Natale started a ...

NSW Police Force Doubles Strip Searches


The NSW Police Force has nearly doubled the number of strip searches it carries out after positive indications from drug detection dogs. In 2016, police officers carried out around 590 strip searches after an initial search turned up nothing, while in 2017 the number skyrocketed to 1,124. Of all the strip searches that were carried out ...

Calls to Stop Baseless Ban on Amyl Nitrite


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has just released an interim decision that would see amyl nitrite and other nitrite inhalants banned across Australia. The proposal would move these drugs into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with substances such as heroin. Amyl nitrite is the most well-known amongst a range of alkyl nitrite inhalants ...

Legalising Personal Cannabis Use: An Interview With ACT Labor MP Michael Pettersson


ACT Labor MLA Michael Pettersson introduced a draft of a private member’s bill into the territory’s Legislative Assembly on 19 September that would effectively legalise the personal use and possession of cannabis. The Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018 would amend local criminal laws to allow for the personal possession of up to ...