Category: Drug Possession

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 ...

Disabled Pensioners: the Government’s New Drug War Targets


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government has hit a new low in its war against drugs. Legislation has just been tabled that proposes to deny the pension to hundreds of people who are currently deemed disabled due to their level of drug or alcohol dependency. It’s well known Australian states and territories ...

Terminally Ill Given Faster Access to Medical Cannabis


A Greens motion passed through the federal Senate on Tuesday that allows terminally ill patients faster access to medicinal cannabis. Under the new provisions, patients that have a prescription are able to import up to three months of the medicine from regulated markets overseas. Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale moved the motion that was supported by ...

Recreational Cannabis: Regulate and Reap the Benefits


One in five US citizens now lives in a state where the use of recreational marijuana is permitted. On November 8 last year, another four US states voted in favour of marijuana legalisation, bringing the total number of states to eight, as well as the District of Columbia. Significantly, the sixth largest economy in the world, California, ...

Decriminalising Medical Cannabis: An Interview with NSW Labor MLC Adam Searle


NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley introduced a game-changing medicinal cannabis bill before parliament on March 9, which has largely gone unnoticed. The legislation calls for the decriminalisation of possession of the medicine, as well as establishing “a lawful supply chain.” “We know that for some people with terminal illnesses and very serious illnesses, medicinal cannabis is the only effective ...

It’s Official – Sydney is Australia’s Cocaine Capital


The most extensive study into illegal drug use in Australia has found that Sydney is the nation’s cocaine capital, and that the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, is on the rise in rural areas. The research, costing more than $3 million and facilitated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), was undertaken as part ...

Australia Should Follow Portugal’s Drug Decriminalisation Model


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Portugal decriminalised the possession of all illicit drugs for personal use in 2001. If an individual is found with a permitted amount of cannabis, methamphetamine or heroin on them, they are not sent to court where they face the prospect of a criminal conviction, but to a dissuasion panel ...

Sniffer Dog Operations – Ineffective, Intrusive and Dangerous


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Once again, figures obtained under the Government Information (Public Access) Act NSW 2009 suggest that the enormous amount of taxpayer funds and police resources invested into drug dog detection programs are not delivering dividends when it comes to addressing the illegal use of drugs. Instead, they are resulting in thousands ...