Items tagged with australia

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Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc ...
Laws to legalise cannabis for personal use in the ACT could pass next week [20.09.2019] Laws that would legalise cannabis for personal use could be passed next week but the government has warned possessing and growing the drug could stil ...
Drug laws on possession: several countries are revisiting them and these are their options [02.08.2019] Many countries are changing the way they approach people who use drugs. The Irish government has just announced possible alternatives to criminalisat ...
The profile of festival drug takers might be different to what you expect [18.07.2019] A NSW Coronial Inquest investigating a series of drug-related deaths at Australian music festivals has heard evidence of festival goers taking multip ...
Push to decriminalise ice use as bar backs public health approach [26.06.2019] The personal use and possession of ice and other illicit drugs would be decriminalised in NSW under a public health-driven plan backed by the Bar Ass ...
Should Canberra allow dope-growing clubs to be set up? [26.03.2019] Dope-smoking Canberrans should be able to join clubs where gardeners can cultivate their cannabis crops for them, a Legislative Assembly inquiry has ...
Nine pill testing myths [04.02.2019] From politicians to the public, the same myths keep being rolled out about pill testing. They’ve been testing pills in 20 other countries for at leas ...
Illicit drugs should be regulated and distributed by pharmacies, leading doctor suggests [30.01.2019] A leading drug reform advocate and esteemed doctor is calling for a shake up to the illicit drug market, suggesting substances like MDMA, marijuana a ...
History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others aren’t [30.01.2019] Drug-related offences take up a lot of the resources within Australia’s criminal justice system. In 2016–17 law enforcement made 113,533 illicit drug ...
I'm 'coming out' about drugs: it's time get real about pill testing [21.01.2019] As a politician I’ve made the difficult decision to "come out" in this way because the government’s zero-tolerance approach to drugs has not only bee ...
Overwhelming majority of voters support pill-testing – Guardian Essential poll [15.01.2019] An overwhelming majority of voters in the latest Guardian Essential poll say they support pill testing in Australia. The survey of 1,089 respondents, ...
'We're dealing with a black market': is taking pills becoming more dangerous? [15.01.2019] Prof Alison Ritter, a public health academic from the University of New South Wales, agreed that there had been an “explosion” in new types of substa ...
Music festivals are offering to test the safety of people’s drugs, and police increasingly like the idea [04.01.2019] For a long time, authorities at festivals in Australia and elsewhere almost entirely focused on preventing people from taking drugs in the first plac ...
New Zealand embraces pill testing as Australian politicians resist [03.01.2019] As Australian politicians continue to rule out pill testing at music festivals, New Zealand appears to be embracing the controversial practice. The c ...
There will be no household limit on number of legal cannabis plants [10.12.2018] Sharehouses in Canberra could be teeming with pot plants when cannabis is legalised next year, with no household limits on the number of plants permi ...
Testing drugs at festivals is ‘a lifesaver’, study finds [09.12.2018] An alarming rise in drug-related deaths at music festivals can be countered by testing illicit substances onsite, according to the first academic stu ...
NCA's decision on pill testing betrays public trust [29.09.2018] The National Capital Authority has blocked a proposal for pill testing at this year's Spilt Milk festival in Canberra. It was able to do this because ...
Britain's drug testing charity is ready to roll out in Australia [20.09.2018] Pill testing at music festivals in Australia is inevitable, Britain's only drug-testing organisation says. Two people died from suspected drug overdo ...
South Australia's 'counter-productive' cannabis crackdown likely to be defeated [03.07.2018] The South Australian government’s plan to introduce jail sentences for people caught in possession of cannabis faces defeat in the state’s parliament ...
South Australia's cannabis crackdown based on 'nonsense', experts warn [02.07.2018] The South Australian government’s plan to introduce harsher penalties for cannabis possession is based on “nonsense” reasoning and flies in the face ...
Melbourne's first safe injecting room, clean, sterile and 'will save lives' [29.06.2018] Up to 300 people a day are expected to use Victoria's first medically supervised drug injecting room when it opens in the coming days. The Victorian ...
Commonwealth Bank agrees to pay $700m to settle money laundering lawsuit [04.06.2018] The Commonwealth Bank has agreed to pay $700m to settle civil proceedings relating to breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financi ...
Medicinal cannabis policies and practices around the world [24.04.2018] Although cannabis remains a prohibited substance worldwide, in recent decades a series of political, legislative and judicial processes in various pa ...
Legalising cannabis adds $3.6bn to Australian economy, budget office says [22.04.2018] Legalising cannabis would reap the Australian economy almost $2bn a year, the Parliamentary Budget Office has found. The Greens plan to not only decr ...
Australia should tax and regulate cannabis, not prohibit it [18.04.2018] Cannabis arrests have accounted for the largest proportion of illicit drug arrests in Australia. In 2015-16, of the two million Australians who use c ...
Why is carrying or holding under 50g of marijuana not a criminal offence in the ACT? [18.03.2018] If you're caught with less than 50 grams of cannabis in Canberra, it's unlikely you'll end up with a criminal record. But just a few kilometres away ...
Melbourne heroin injecting room trial gets green light [30.10.2017] The Andrews government has approved a trial run of a safe injecting room for heroin addicts. Key upper house MP James Purcell confirmed that his vita ...
Testing of illicit drugs to be done at Australian event for first time [22.09.2017] The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has agreed to allow pill testing at a coming music festival, in an effort to reduce deaths and harm ...
Victorian Parliament can save lives by trialling safe injecting room [18.09.2017] Dozens of people have fatally overdosed on heroin in the gutters, laneways and front gardens of Richmond. Not a single person has ever died in a safe ...
Fatal fentanyl overdoses rise as Australians turn to more potent painkillers [31.08.2017] Concerns are growing that more Australians addicted to pharmaceutical painkillers are turning to highly potent forms of opioids, such as fentanyl. A ...
Support users, don't punish them: Ex-AFP boss' radical ideas to beat the drug trade [13.06.2017] For over half a century governments in Australia have relied heavily on law enforcement to curb the drug trade and reduce drug use. But despite huge ...
Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years' [25.05.2017] There has been a huge rise in the number of UK drug users using the dark internet to buy illegal substances, a new survey has revealed. The Global Dr ...
Canada and eight US states have done it. Why can't NSW legalise cannabis? [24.04.2017] In Australia the long arm of the law still has a long reach, waging a war on drugs. Last year, there were more than 26,000 criminal incidents of cann ...
The new opium wars [01.02.2017] Are pharmaceutical companies based in advanced economies the right ones to soothe the developing world’s pains? The International Narcotics Control B ...
Medicinal cannabis crops now legal in Australia [29.10.2016] Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop in Australia, for medicinal use only. The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Ac ...
Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation [11.08.2016] No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduc ...
The safe room [01.07.2016] With Australia struggling to curb its crisis with methamphetamine two leading drug reform campaigners, Dr Alex Wodak and Matt Noffs, embarked on a re ...
Drug experts plan Australia's first ice smoking room despite Government opposition [29.06.2016] Drug law reformers Matt Noffs and Dr Alex Wodak are pushing ahead with Australia's first supervised ice smoking room, in a move which directly contra ...
Drug expert says Australia's presence at UN summit a waste of money [07.04.2016] The president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, has questioned Australia’s attendance at the special session of the United ...
Parliamentary drug summit to hear case in favour of decriminalising possession [29.02.2016] Senior doctors and researchers will tell an annual parliamentary drug policy summit in Australia it is “time to be courageous” and remove all crimina ...
Pill testing trial to begin at Sydney music festivals, vows drug expert Alex Wodak [27.02.2016] The Australian drug expert who pioneered the nation's first legal injecting centre is on a collision course with the Baird government and NSW Police ...
Ex-NSW DPP boss pushes to legalise drugs [18.02.2016] Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery joined federal Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale to call on Australian governmen ...
Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies [04.07.2015] Australians should be able to buy a pure form of ecstasy from their local pharmacy to curtail the harm caused by contaminated blackmarket pills. Melb ...
Chan and Sukumaran execution 'illegal', but Indonesia ignores Australia again [01.05.2015] The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was illegal under international law, but Australia's request that Indonesia submit to the judgment ...
An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice [30.03.2015] In its report on the methamphetamine market, the Australian Crime Commission identified ice as the illicit drug posing the highest risk to Australia. ...
Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market [02.03.2015] The low volume, high frequency internet drugs market makes it hard for police to target. And even harder for teenagers to know what they’re taking. A ...
Synthetic cannabis deaths show case for controlled sale of marijuana, expert says [15.01.2015] The deaths of two men in central Queensland after they smoked synthetic cannabis highlight the need to regulate marijuana and allow its controlled sa ...
Medical marijuana finds crossbench backers in Australian parliament [05.01.2015] The campaign to legalise marijuana for medical purposes in Australia is gathering strength with a group of crossbench senators and MPs pushing for th ...
Law Committee suggests drug control needs radical rethink [22.12.2014] The Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association decided to look at the available research on illicit drugs and the current government drug stra ...
Victoria to legalise medicinal marijuana [18.12.2014] A bill to legalise medical marijuana could be put to Victoria's parliament before the end of next year, with the Labor government determined to refor ...

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