Associate Professor Kate Seear explores the ethics of law around drug use in her new book, “Law, Drugs and the making of addiction. Just Habits.”
At the book’s launch, Seear talked about her research for the book, and her surprise at a common theme.
Anti-tobacco organisations across Australia see vaping as a ‘gateway’ to smoking. On their war path, they inadvertantly support the tobacco industry by heavily regulating the industry that challenges it most – vaping.
You’re driving to work on Monday, haven’t had a drink since Friday night and the rest of your weekend was restful. You see the latest Victoria Police roadside testing operation, which now includes a mobile hair-sample testing facility onboard the drug bus. The officer approaches you. “Goodmorning, you have been randomly selected for our roadside […]
#BeHeardNotHarmed is SSDP Australia’s campaign for pill testing, also known as drug checking or drug safety testing, which is the testing of drugs to identify their contents, purity or the presence of harmful or fatal contaminants.
Learn more about Victorian road law, where no fair distinction is made between impairment and having detectable traces of a drug in ones system and why this unclear system harms road safety.
Reagent testing is a simple way to test a substance and observe a chemical reaction that will give you a better idea of what the substance is. It is by no means a perfect method, with many pitfalls. But in a market where information is seriously lacking, it can at least held to point someone […]
RECOMMENDATION 24: The proposed Advisory Council on Drugs Policy investigate the current drug driving laws and procedures to determine their effect on road crashes and as a deterrent strategy. The Council should also explore: Alternative drug driving regimes that use impairment limits/thresholds, and their potential applicability in VictoriaOptions for expanding the types of drugs captured […]
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On Wednesday the 29th of May 2019, the Victorian Upper House passed a motion put forward by Fiona Patten MLC for the Legal and Social Affairs Committee to inquire into the use of cannabis in Victoria. Submissions to the inquiry will be accepted soon and members of the public, especially those who consume cannabis are […]
https://fionapatten.com.au/news/media-statement-road-laws-medicinal-cannabis/ Thursday, 21 March 201 Reason Leader and Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Fiona Patten, today took the first step to amend our road laws, so that medicinal cannabis is treated the same as every other prescription medication. Ms Patten today sought to amend the Transport Legislation Amendment (Better Roads Victoria and Other Amendments) Bill 2018, to […]
the Legislative Council call on the Government to give consideration to Recommendation 24 of the Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee’s Inquiry into drug law reform and refer the matter to the Legal and Social Issues Committee for inquiry into alternative drug driving regimes and changes that address the concerns of medical cannabis patients.
Reproduced with permission – Andrew McLellan CBAA.org When it comes to drugs, we are often handed the line that it’s best to be ‘tough’. But there’s at least one community taking another approach. Aoife Cooke takes us to what’s formally known as a “medically supervised injecting centre”, but is known to some as The Shooting Gallery. Produced […]
BRIEF HISTORY Nimbin’s Mardi Grass has been running since 1993, as an annual protest-festival or ‘protestival’, calling for changes in Australia law’s prohibition of cannabis. Nimbin itself has long been known as a counter-culture capital in the north of New South Wales, with many people moving from more suburban and urban areas during the early […]
ALBERT HOFMANN In 1938 while synthesising ergot alkaloids for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Basel Switzerland, Albert Hofmann created LSD-25. Hofmann was studying Claviceps Purpurea (Ergot). More specifically, he was looking at ergot alkaloids to determine whether they had any medical significance. LSD-25 was set aside in 1938 after minimal testing as Hofmann moved on to research […]
New South Wales heads to the polls Saturday the 23rd of March 2019. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia have produced this handy scorecard on popular parties drug policies. We have been regularly speaking to people from NSW about the issues going on in the state, especially the ramping up of the drug war into […]