Category: Drug Supply

Hemp Embassy

Police Raid on Nimbin Hemp Embassy: Little More Than a Show of Strength


Stores in California will open at 2am AEST tomorrow morning. And some of the shoppers living in the fifth largest economy in the world will buy legal cannabis to smoke. Meanwhile, there will be other Californians at home, tending to the six cannabis plants they’re permitted to grow. While on 3 May, in Canberra, politicians …
Gavel and drugs

Criminal Lawyer ‘Struck Off’ After Being Convicted of Drug Supply


Ugo Parente was employed by a criminal law firm in Liverpool shortly after being admitted as a New South Wales lawyer in 2006. He represented clients in a range of criminal cases and was a vocal anti-drug campaigner. He was even commended by the prime minister for his commitment to initiatives against illicit drug use. …
Cannabis plant

‘Medicine Man’ Escapes Prison Time for Serious Drug Charges


Veteran medicinal cannabis producer Tony Bower escaped prison time when he was sentenced for commercial drug cultivation, along with other serious drug offences, at Port Macquarie District Court last Monday. Known locally as the Medicine Man, Mr Bower turned himself in after his Crescent Head property was raided by police and 280 cannabis plants were …
Jenny Hallam

A Healer, Not a Dealer: Jenny Hallam Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges


When the Turnbull government passed an amendment bill in February 2016 that legalised “the cultivation and production of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal and scientific purposes”, it was an admission that medicinal cannabis is a valid treatment that patients use. However, three years on, most of the estimated 100,000 Australians who use cannabis medicine are still …
Australian Visa

Foreigner Allowed to Stay in Australia Despite Drug Supply Conviction


The Department of Home Affairs outlines on its website that since amendments were made to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) back in November 2014, the number of noncitizens who’ve had their visas cancelled on character grounds has increased by over 1,400 percent. The Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014 amended section 501 of the Migration …
David Shoebridge and Alex Wodak

Beyond Pill Testing: Calls to Legalise and Regulate MDMA


As far as regularly used licit and illicit drugs go, pure MDMA is one of the least dangerous around. This is an idea that might take some by surprise considering the deaths of five young people – who at least thought they were taking MDMA – at NSW music festivals over the last five months. Also known …
police-festival

NSW Police Treat Strip-Searches As Routine Procedure


The use of strip searches by the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) has recently skyrocketed. Over the last four years, strip search use has risen by close to 47 percent, with 3,735 carried out in the year 2014-15, while 5,483 people were asked to remove their clothes and squat in 2017-18. Not only is NSW police …
Man Imprisoned for Buying Drugs on Dark Web

Man Imprisoned for Buying Drugs on Dark Web


A former A-grade Darwin rugby league player has been sent to prison for supplying drugs in the form of hundreds of MDMA tablets sent through the ‘dark web’. The Supreme Court found that 27 year-old plumbing assistant and under-eights coach, Gavin Brown, used the cryptocurrency bitcoin to buy 500 MDMA tablets for both personal use …
Urban Survivor Union’s Louise Vincent

The Dangers of Laws Against Drug Supply Causing Death: An Interview With Urban Survivor Union’s Louise Vincent


On the second last sitting day of the parliamentary year, the Berejiklian government passed legislation that created the new offence of supply of drugs causing death. This latest drug war tactic can see an individual imprisoned for supplying a drug that proves lethal for up to 20 years. And while NSW attorney general Mark Speakman has made assurances …
Outdoor festival

It’s Important to Know Your Rights this Music Festival Season


The music festival season got off to a tragic start this year. Two young Australians died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September, while another drug-related death occurred at a festival at Sydney Olympic Park a fortnight ago. And despite pill testing having proven to save lives in European countries where it’s been utilised for …