Category: Drugs

The case for pill testing

Over the New Year’s period two party goers have fatally overdosed at music festivals around the country, renewing the debate about pill testing which has become a contentious issue in New South Wales.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has taken a firm stance against pill testing in the wake of the two fatal overdoses and over 700 requiring drug related medical treatment at Defqon1 late last year.

Berejiklian has since softened her stance on pill testing after the deaths over New Year’s and is now open to considering the possibility of pill testing at future music festivals in the state. It is still unclear, however, if public money will be used to supply pill testing services or venue operators will be permitted to operate their own pill testing services privately, or with cooperation from outside institutions.

The current response to drugs in music festivals in both New South Wales … Read the rest

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No, we don’t need a law for that

Inevitably, when advocating for freedom of any kind, one is accused of being a champion of certain lifestyle choices or political attitudes. If you fight to protect freedom of speech for example, it is assumed that this means you’re a bigot or racist, because you believe that it’s more beneficial for society that bigots and racists are free to speak their minds without sanction by the state.

I suppose it’s easy to make such an assumption. On the face of it, it may seem that freedom of speech allows for the freedom of expression of all sorts of abominable opinions. After-all when people advocate for a cause, it means they are after a particular outcome and it often means minimising or suppressing opposing points of view.

But with freedom it’s different. Being for freedom means that you desire for individuals the freedom to think things or do things that you Read the rest

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Cannabis: just legalise it already

Nearly half of all Australian electors are in favour of legalising cannabis, as a recent survey by Australian National University shows. 43% of respondents are in favour of legalisation and only 32% believe cannabis should remain criminalised. This means pot is more popular than either Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten. Similar levels of public support triggered a national plebiscite on same-sex marriage. With more and more jurisdictions seeing the green light on cannabis, why are Australian politicians lagging behind on legalisation?

Cannabis is the fourth most popular recreational drug in the world after alcohol, tobacco and caffeine. Its use has been documented in humanity’s earliest writings. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently found that five percent of the world’s population have used cannabis in the previous year. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that locally, more than ten percent of Australians have used cannabis Read the rest

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Cannabis use is a victimless crime that should be legalised

Much to the pleasure of potheads throughout Australia, medical marijuana was legalised after changes to the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 came into effect allowing businesses to apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis or manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes, or to conduct related research. While this is no doubt good news, and a step in the right direction, the supposed medical benefits or consequences of cannabis usage are irrelevant as to whether its usage should be a criminal offence. Smoking cannabis is a victimless crime that should be legal because consenting adults should have the freedom to make their own life choices.

There are many arguments for the legalisation of cannabis that include but not limited to: it would significantly weaken organised crime; it would raise much needed revenue for the government; potheads are more mellow than drunks. But, to argue any of those points would be missing Read the rest

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