By Sahar Adatia & Jimmy Singh Drugs are destructive. But drug prohibition is worse – and it’s doing little to protect young Australians from turning to illicit drug use. Every year, some 400 Australians die from illicit drug use. Thousands of others suffer from the detrimental health consequences of drug dependence, unsafe injecting methods and
By Jimmy Singh & Tayla Regan In 2017, police have conducted about 112,000 roadside drug tests. This is expected to rise to about 200,000 each year from 2020. The relatively new drug driving laws have criminalised driving with the mere presence of illicit drugs in your saliva, urine or blood. Criminalising the mere presence of
If you cultivate 999 cannabis plants outdoors, will you face the same penalties as someone who cultivates 50 cannabis plants indoors? You can expect to face up to 15 years prison or a fine of up to $385,000 (or both) for cultivating between 50 -199 cannabis plants indoors (‘enhanced indoor means’). This range of plants
The Case of Mr. Bugden v R  The Facts 20 year old Mr. Bugden was an apprentice chef. One day he was pulled over by police for a random drug test. He was tested, and returned a positive reading for cannabis. He admitted to police that he had smoked cannabis about 3 days earlier.