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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...

The Offence of Participation in a Criminal Group in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
30-year old Dylan Farrell, who once played for the St George Illawarra Dragon and South Sydney Rabbitohs, has been arrested in Nowra, south-east New South Wales. Police say he was arrested at around 8.30am on Thursday, 8 July 2021 when...

The Offence of Supplying a Large Commercial Quantity of Prohibited Drugs in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Two New South Wales men are facing charges for drug offences after police allegedly seized $12 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, and cocaine in Sydney’s South West over the weekend. Police allege the two men were arrested during...

Drug Busts Like Ironside Make No Substantial Impact

by Paul Gregoire
Charges continue to be laid against those arrested in relation to the nation’s “most significant” drug racket investigation, Operation Ironside. More than 250 arrests have been made, six drug labs were shut down, over 3.7 tonnes of illicit drugs were...

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...

As NZ Legalises Pill Testing Permanently, Australian MPs Watch the Death Toll Rise

by Paul Gregoire
New Zealand health minister Andrew Little announced on 9 April that the 12-month-long interim laws permitting legal pill testing at festivals will be made permanent prior to their expiration, as the services have been making a positive impact. Passed in...

Light Up This 420 as the Edifice of Global Cannabis Prohibition Continues to Crumble

by Paul Gregoire
Today, 20 April, is 420: a global day when cannabis legalisation advocates mobilise against the ongoing prohibition of the herb. Although, these days, the number of jurisdictions around the planet where this action still holds relevance is dwindling. Pot, weed,...
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