Category: Drug Possession

Church of Ubuntu Secretary Challenges Suppression Charges


This Saturday marks a year since a boy who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy was taken from the care of his parents. On May 19 last year, NSW police and Family and Community Services (FACS) removed the boy from Newcastle’s Church of Ubuntu. Section 43(1) of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act ...

Australia’s First Sanctioned Pill Testing Trial Is Just the Beginning


The resounding success of Australia’s first government-sanctioned pill testing trial at the Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra last Sunday drew a line in the sand of this nation’s harm reduction landscape. Before it took place, the voices of those conservative forces who rallied against the trialling of a method that’s been proved saves lives ...

Just Legalise It: An Interview with Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale


A large number of Australians breathed a collective sigh of relief on April 16, as Greens leader Richard Di Natale announced that his party is proposing that recreational cannabis use be legalised nationally. Drug law reformists and harm reduction experts have long stated that what’s hampering change in this country is that politicians are unwilling to ...

Government Promises to Finally Make Medicinal Cannabis Accessible


At a Council of Australian Governments health council meeting last Friday, all state and territory health ministers signed onto a national scheme to streamline patient access to medicinal cannabis products. Federal health minister Greg Hunt said prescribing cannabis medicine will be left up to medical professionals. But once that decision is made, a medicinal cannabis script will ...

Greens Push to Legalise Cannabis


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Greens have highlight the fact that drug prohibition has proven to be a “dismal failure” and are pushing to legalise marijuana across Australia. It is the first party with seats in parliament to call for the legalisation of recreational cannabis use across the nation. Greens leader Richard Di Natale ...

Stop Sniffer Dog Operations: An Interview With the Sniff Off Campaign’s Xiaoran Shi


The campaign against the warrantless use of sniffer dogs in public places by NSW police is moving North. The Sniff Off campaign, which is a collaboration between Greens MLC David Shoebridge and the NSW Young Greens, launched in Newcastle on Friday night. Figures obtained by the NSW Greens reveal that between 2014 and 2017 78 ...

NSW Man Reports Theft of Cannabis to Police


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Police in the Northern Rivers on the Far North Coast of NSW are considering whether to press charges against a man who reported his cannabis stash being stolen. Nimbin Police Station took the call from a local man who reported returning home to find a man leaving his house. ...

Time to Start Over: An Interview With Medicinal Cannabis Pioneer Lucy Haslam


Lucy Haslam has been at the forefront of the movement to re-introduce the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia since 2013. The Tamworth local was instrumental in engaging the support of politicians to a cause that many were sceptical about. Leading the campaign alongside Ms Haslam was her son Dan. The young man personally gained ...

Cannabis Patients Denied Access: An Interview With MCUA President Deb Lynch


The Australian medicinal cannabis quagmire is heavily impacting patients. The whole debate around the medicine has been about how to get a criminalised plant, which is now widely recognised for its beneficial qualities, into the hands of those that need it. And so far, the local model has failed. The Turnbull government passed legislation to ...

‘Game Changing’ Medicinal Cannabis Laws: An Interview with Labor MLC Adam Searle


An Australian politician has finally drafted a law which seeks to provide access to medicinal cannabis and is broad enough to get real product into the hands of patients who desperately need it. Leader of the NSW Opposition in the Legislative Council Adam Searle introduced the Medicinal Cannabis (Compassionate Access) Bill 2018 into the state’s upper ...