Category: Drug Possession

Drug Possession Charge Quashed Due to Illegal Search


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A man was recently acquitted of a conviction of drug possession in the NSW District Court, when he appealed his conviction by the Local Court on the ground that a police officer’s search was unlawful. The case reiterates that police don’t have the power to randomly search people or ...

Pill Testing Approved for Aussie Music Festival


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Finally, after years of calls from health professionals and members of the public, Australia is about to see its first government-sanctioned pill testing trial at a music festival, with the aim, of course, of reducing the dangers associated with drug use and ultimately saving people’s lives. Last Friday, ACT ...

Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend the weekend partying at a bush doof. But as ...

Residents Demand Safe Injecting Facility


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Melbourne suburbs of North Richmond and Abbotsford have long been the site of an extensive street drug market. And with it come the harms associated with an unregulated and criminalised drug trade. Between 2009 and 2015, there were 96 drug-related deaths recorded in the local area. In 2015 ...

Drug Law Reform: An Interview with Former NSW DPP Nicholas Cowdery


On 2 June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy declared, “The global war on drugs has failed.” In its report, the commission found that prohibition has led to increased drug consumption, the growth of powerful crime networks and contributed to mass incarceration. In the wake of these outcomes – which originated from the 1961 ...

Sick Boy Removed While Being Treated With Cannabis Oil


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A now five-year-old boy who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy was taken from the care of his parents more than 100 days ago. On May 19, NSW police and Family and Community Services (FACS) officers removed the boy from Newcastle’s Church of Ubuntu where he’d been staying. The boy has ...

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


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 changes that were made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) by ...

The Campaign Against Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim As part of the May budget, the Turnbull government announced its controversial plan to drug test people who are in receipt of social security. Australian treasurer Scott Morrison described it as a “modest drug testing trial” for 5,000 new Youth Allowance and Newstart recipients, meaning mainly young people. Under the proposal, ...

Police Arrest Patient For Possessing Medicinal Cannabis: An Interview with MCUA’s Deb Lynch


On June 19, Queensland police arrested Deb Lynch, secretary of the Medicinal Cannabis Users Association of Australia (MCUA), on charges of possessing a dangerous drug. Several officers were at her Cornubia residence on a different matter, when they noticed her cannabis medicine. Ms Lynch suffers from multiple conditions, including Scleroderma and post-traumatic stress disorder. And ...

Barriers to Medicinal Cannabis: An Interview with Medical Cannabis Advisory’s Grace Sands


Last week, a Greens motion passed through federal parliament that allows terminally ill patients faster access to cannabis medicines. These patients are now able to import up to three months’ supply of medical marijuana from regulated markets overseas. The disallowance motion amended changes that the Turnbull government made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Special Access Scheme ...