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NSW Government Proposes to Divert Certain Drug Offenders Away From the Criminal Justice System

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Government is proposing to implement a new program across the state, which would give some drug offenders a second chance. It’s a sharp departure from the hardline stance of successive state governments, which have refused to...

As the ACT Moves to Fixed-Site Pill Testing, NSW Police Minister Doesn’t Get It

by Paul Gregoire
NSW police minister David Elliott took the opportunity of Sydney opening up from its extended lockdown to strengthen the understanding that he has no idea about the evidence behind the harm reduction intervention known as pill testing. Elliott told Sky...

Police Profiling Intensifies Under COVID: An Interview With NUAA’s Dr Mary Ellen Harrod

by Paul Gregoire
The academic paper Policing Biosecurity sets out that of the people NSW police officers pulled up over a suspected COVID breach during the three months to 15 June last year, 45 percent were subsequently searched. However, in stark contrast, just...

“Jesus Used It Back in the Day”: An Interview With Legalise Cannabis/HEMP’s Michael Balderstone

by Paul Gregoire
The HEMP Party has decided to change its name to Legalise Cannabis Australia for the upcoming federal election. Established back in 1993, HEMP or Help End Marijuana Prohibition has been keeping the issue of cannabis legalisation on the political agenda...

The Need for a Medicinal Cannabis Driving Defence: An Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW government introduced the state’s much maligned drug driving laws in 2007. The regime criminalises any trace of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC, in the system whilst driving. The federal government, however, legalised the use of medicinal cannabis...

What is the Drug Court Program in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley AM will be made a permanent judge of the District Court and will be sworn in as the Senior Judge of the New South Wales Drug Court in the coming weeks. Deputy Chief Magistrate Mottley...

PM’s Continuing ‘War on Drugs’ Rhetoric Ignores That There’s a Better Way

by Paul Gregoire
During an 8 June press conference, PM Scott Morrison called on Australians to reject illicit drug use, as “it fuels organised crime in this country, as well as “human misery” here and in many “parts of the world”. The prime...

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

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Driver Who Filmed Dying Police Officer Sentenced in Court

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The man who filmed a police officer while she lay dying on the road after being hit by a truck could walk free from prison in the coming days, after receiving a backdated sentence of 10 months in prison. The...

“The Beginning of the End of Drug Prohibition”: An Interview With Drug Policy Australia’s Greg Chipp

by Paul Gregoire
Pill testing has been implemented in certain European nations since the early 1990s. This harm reduction strategy developed out of the burgeoning rave culture alongside the emergence of new forms of electronic music and a taste for party drugs. Thirty...
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