Category: Drug Possession

Police Should Test for Impairment Levels of Drugs, Not Minute Traces


On the first weekend of this month, NSW police carried out a roadside alcohol and drug driving blitz in the Northern Rivers region. And while locals aren’t complaining about officers booking drunk drivers, they are opposed to those charged with drug driving as there’s no proof they were impaired. Those living in the northern coastal ...

NSW Greens Push to Legalise Recreational Cannabis


The NSW Greens are set to introduce a private member’s bill within 100 days post-state election that could see recreational cannabis legalised for adult use in NSW during the next parliamentary term, which is a move that an increasingly large percentage of the community would like to see happen. The bill would legalise and regulate ...

Police Strip-Search 19-Year Old, Find Nothing but Kick Her Out of Festival Anyway


NSW police are continuing their war on music festivals, signified by exorbitant costs for user-pays policing, illegal strop-searches and the denial of entry to patrons even where no drugs are found after a search. This time, their alleged victim is a 19-year-old Newcastle woman, who says she searched and found to be holding no illicit ...

Towards a Regulated Drug Market: An Interview With Robert Richter QC


Human beings have been using psychoactive substances since prehistoric times. The use of opium, mushrooms, psychedelic cacti and alcohol has gone on for millennia. You might say that drug use has gone hand in hand with the progress of civilisation into the modern day. The system of drug prohibition that we are living under globally ...

Shut It Down: Berejiklian’s Botched Festival Licensing Scheme


After months of warning the industry that a festival specific licensing regime will apply for all events statewide, the killjoy Berejiklian government announced a week before its implementation that the new regulations will now only apply to fourteen festivals. NSW racing minister Paul Toole explained that these festivals have been singled out as “high risk”, ...

Random Workplace Drug Testing: A Breach of Your Civil Liberties


Intoxication in the workplace is a significant safety issue. And for this reason, protocols are in place at certain worksites so that employees suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can be tested. Increasingly though, random drug and alcohol testing is being introduced into the workplace. This has usually been in ...

Frontline Festival Safety: An Interview With DanceWize NSW’s Jessie Murray


Over the last five months, safety at music festivals has been front and centre. There have been tragic deaths, increased hospitalisations, debates over pill testing, public rallies and an expert panel was convened to investigate the matter. However, all the while, the DanceWize NSW peer educators have been working at the frontline of events, getting amongst ...

Cannabis Legalisation is Coming to Canberra


A piece of legislation that would legalise the personal possession of cannabis for recreational use is to be debated in the ACT Legislative Assembly this week. And with the support of both Labor and the Greens, it’s set to be passed. But, a new technicality might just delay the process. ACT Labor MLA Michael Pettersson introduced ...

Another Casualty of the War on Festivals: An Interview With a Psyfari Organiser


At the moment, the NSW Liberal Nationals government is conducting an all-out assault on this state’s festival industry. And the reason why it’s doing it, is it can’t deal with the fact that in order to stop drug-related deaths, it needs to allow people to test the contents of something that’s illegal. Instead, Berejiklian and ...

Pill Testing Kits Available at Pharmacies


The President of the Australian Medical Associate, Kean Seng Lim, has urged caution following the announcement that a pharmaceutical chain is selling basic kits which test for the presence of popular illicit drugs such as MDMA (‘ecstacy’) and cocaine. A safety measure The Choice Pharmacy group has outlets in Western Sydney, Darwin and Vincentia – ...