Thanks to everyone who came along to the Unharm Sydney meetup on Tuesday November 3. I’ve put together this blog post of ‘minutes’ from the meeting, for people who were there and people who couldn’t make it but are interested to hear about what happened.Read more
Police response to death at Dragon Dreaming prompts call from drug harm reduction organisation Unharm for evidence-based approach to keeping people safe at future eventsRead more
Genesis Black, a legal and well-organised music event at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion, was shut down by NSW Police last weekend. It wasn’t a good sign for the summer ahead.Read more
The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre's conference is on right now in Melbourne. (Follow the action on #cannabisconference15) You might be wondering to yourself, how did NCPIC get started, and what is it actually for?Read more
The Federal Health ministry showed it's on a hair-trigger this week, shooting down a call for 'proper debate' about how to deal with ice. The original comments had come from Victoria Police's Senior Sergeant Tony Francis, at a community forum in Geelong.Read more
If you missed the galvanising speech that Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream, gave at Sydney's Festival of Dangerous Ideas - or if you want to see it all again, check it out right here. Recommended viewing!Read more
If someone wants to hear the opposite of what you’ve got to say, it’s hard to tell them anything. I learned this when I worked as a government communications consultant. My job was to assess how good government advertising campaigns were.Read more
The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of Australia's legal system. This means it's up to the prosecutor to prove that the accused is guilty. When it comes to drug offences, principles are put aside.
In most Australian jurisdictions, we've got 'deemed supply' laws. That means you can be charged with a drug supply offence based solely on the amount of drugs found in your possession. If you want to challenge the charge, you have to prove you weren't going to supply the drugs to someone else.
It's a funny feeling when you're in a club and you realise your friends have disappeared. It was 1998 and I was nineteen. One of them had an anxiety condition, a benzo addiction and a habit of wigging out on ecstasy. It didn't take me long to join the dots.
Drug prohibition and the criminalisation of people who use those drugs might seem like it's been around forever but most Australian drug laws are relatively new.
This brief acccount of the history of Australian drug laws was written by NSW lawyer Steve Bolt in 2010 and is adapted from text originally published in Hot Topics: legal issues in plain language, No. 59 Drugs and the Law published by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC).