Category: Drug Possession

LEAP’s Greg Denham

Legalise Drugs to Reduce Violent Crime: An Interview With LEAP’s Greg Denham


One of the unintended consequences of the war on drugs listed in the 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy report is “the growth of a ‘huge criminal black market’, financed by the risk-escalated profits of supplying international demand for illicit drugs”. The criminal organisations that have evolved out of the past century of drug prohibition …
Strip searches by police

NSW Police Are Using Strip Searches to Intimidate


The NSW coronial inquiry into six drug-related deaths at music festivals heard testimony last week regarding a police officer who threatened to make a strip search “nice and slow”, unless the woman being ordered to take her clothes off, confessed to where her drugs were hidden. The young woman recalled fighting back the tears as …
Chris Daw QC

“Legalise and License the Supply of Drugs”: An Interview With Chris Daw QC


Criminal defence barrister Chris Daw QC is an outspoken advocate of drug legalisation. The 1912 International Opium Convention was the first transnational drug control treaty. Born out of concerns over opium use in China, the document was signed in the Hague, and placed restrictions around the manufacture and distribution of substances derived from the opium …
Nimbin

Police Power More Present than Ever at Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival


The New Wales Police Force has been at the frontline of the state Government’s crackdown on music festivals this year, with substantial funds being allocated to ensure the events are heavily policed. The Nimbin Mardi Grass was no exception. The small town on the far northern coast of the state hosts the festival every year. …
cannabis legalise

Cannabis Legalisation Is Creeping Closer for Canberra


The ACT Legislative Assembly health committee last week tabled its report on the legislation that would see the personal possession and use of cannabis legalised in the capital territory. And with a great sigh of relief, the review recommended the bill be supported subject to some amendments. The Personal Cannabis Use Bill was introduced into …
Alcohol and drug roadside testing in NSW

Passive Smoking Defence Exposes Flawed Drug Driving Regime


Magistrate David Heilpern has delivered yet another landmark ruling that reveals the shonky logic underlying the drug driving regime in NSW. The Lismore magistrate accepted last month that a woman tested positive to cannabis because of passive smoking. Nicole Spackman was found not guilty of drug driving after testing positive, after testifying she hadn’t smoked …
RMIT’s Dr Peta Malins

Drug Dogs Are No Deterrent & Increase the Harm: An Interview With RMIT’s Dr Peta Malins


These days, commuters alighting the train of an early evening at Sydney’s Central station can be confronted by police with drug dogs. And if a canine makes an indication about one of the citizens on the platform, that individual can end up behind a screen being strip searched. Young people attending festivals have to factor …
David and Xiaoran

Police Use of Strip Searches Skyrockets in NSW


At the 11 May Midnight Mafia festival at Sydney Olympic Park, NSW police officers searched 272 punters following an indication from a sniffer dog. Of these, 32 were charged with possession and eight were issued with new on-the-spot fines. This means that police and their canine helpers got it wrong 85 percent of the time. …
NZ Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick

The NZ Cannabis Legalisation Referendum: An Interview With NZ Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick


New Zealand justice minister Andrew Little announced on 7 May that all three political parties that from the minority coalition government have agreed to the foundational elements of a legal and regulated cannabis market that the nation is set to vote on at next year’s national election. The minister confirmed that the referendum outcome will …
John Jiggens

Why the Greatest Medicinal Plant is Outlawed: An Interview With HEMP’s Dr John Jiggens


As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens puts it, cannabis is the “greatest herbal medicinal plant on the planet”. It can be used to treat more conditions than any other medicine. There’s no risk of overdose. And early last century, it was one of the most widely used medicines in the country. In 1925, the League …