Category: Drug Possession

Lucy Haslam

Canberra Has Turned Its Back on Medicinal Cannabis Patients


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 of Dan, who’d lost his battle with cancer. However, last month, footage came to light …
Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Welfare Drug Testing: Morrison Intensifies the War on the Unemployed


There’s currently a meme doing the rounds of the internet that depicts Jesus feeding the multitude. At the front of the crowd stands prime minister Scott Morrison with outstretched arms, beseeching Jesus as to what he should do. And Jesus tells the PM, “Only feed the ones who pass the drug test.” Which is about …
Kerry Weste

Lawyers Call for Drug Decriminalisation: An Interview With ALHR’s Kerry Weste


Uniting launched the Fair Treatment campaign last October, which calls for the decriminalisation of the use and personal possession of illicit drugs, along with increased investment in harm reduction and treatment. The NSW campaign has the support of over 60 civil society organisations, which includes an expected showing from medical and harm reduction networks. But, …
Say no

Preaching “Just Say No” Endangers Lives: Informed Decision-Making Protects Them


We live in a state where the head of government continues to spout rhetoric about drug use in line with former US first lady Nancy Reagan. The “just say no” to drugs approach remains as simple and ineffective as it was back in the 1980s, when the late Ms Reagan was pushing it. “Just say …
Peter Dutton

Dutton Argues Against Calls for Drug Decriminalisation


NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has granted the ice inquiry commissioner Professor Dan Howard SC the extension he requested for the tabling of his report, so as to allow more time to consider the decriminalisation of the personal possession and use of ice and other drugs. In his request dated 21 May this year, the professor …
Festival patrons

Record Drug Busts at Music Festival – Is This How We Measure Success?


If ever there was a point in recent Australian history at which we could say the vast majority of people have had every opportunity to become well informed about the potential health dangers and personal consequences of taking illegal drugs, it would arguably be now. Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation …
LEAP’s Greg Denham

Legalise Drugs to Reduce Violent Crime: An Interview With LEAP’s Greg Denham


One of the unintended consequences of the war on drugs listed in the 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy report is “the growth of a ‘huge criminal black market’, financed by the risk-escalated profits of supplying international demand for illicit drugs”. The criminal organisations that have evolved out of the past century of drug prohibition …
Strip searches by police

NSW Police Are Using Strip Searches to Intimidate


The NSW coronial inquiry into six drug-related deaths at music festivals heard testimony last week regarding a police officer who threatened to make a strip search “nice and slow”, unless the woman being ordered to take her clothes off, confessed to where her drugs were hidden. The young woman recalled fighting back the tears as …
Chris Daw QC

“Legalise and License the Supply of Drugs”: An Interview With Chris Daw QC


Criminal defence barrister Chris Daw QC is an outspoken advocate of drug legalisation. The 1912 International Opium Convention was the first transnational drug control treaty. Born out of concerns over opium use in China, the document was signed in the Hague, and placed restrictions around the manufacture and distribution of substances derived from the opium …
Nimbin

Police Power More Present than Ever at Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival


The New Wales Police Force has been at the frontline of the state Government’s crackdown on music festivals this year, with substantial funds being allocated to ensure the events are heavily policed. The Nimbin Mardi Grass was no exception. The small town on the far northern coast of the state hosts the festival every year. …