Medicinal cannabis could be legally grown and prescribed to patients as early as next year under a cross-party bill that has attracted initial support from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Federal regulation is required to enable state-based schemes, such as those proposed by NSW and Vic. Richard Di Natale's bill to create a national regulator for medical cannabis will go to the Senate in November. Meanwhile, the wheels are turning for legalisation in the UK: http://sco.lt/95MO0H.
Instead of running campaigns such as ‘dob in a dealer’, resources would be better focused on combating trafficking and on rehabilitation, thinktank says
While criticism of the Federal Govt's actions on this issue to date is deserved, it's a mistake to attribute them to the work of the Taskforce which, in our experience, has been sensible in its approach, has listened to those directly affected and is guided by the evidence of what is most likely to reduce the impacts of methamphetamine use on our communities. Although the Taskforces' final report is not yet publicly available, all indications to date are that it is not recommending measures like the 'dob in a delaer' program or the Govt's $19 million tv ad campaign: http://sco.lt/7WPWs5.
It reads like a confronting anti-ice advertisement. A man is taken to hospital suffering from the effects of illicit drugs, but out of nowhere he snaps, attacking staff and security guards. As he struggles, it takes half a dozen people to pin him down and sedate him. But the drug isn't ice.
Highlighting the fact that methamphetamine is not the only drug of concern in Australia. Emerging synthetics (such as those in the NBOMe family) pose significant risks and are continually evolving.
Our sophisticated techy gadgets, gismos and latest ‘apps’ make life easier, simpler and quicker. Our technology driven society monitors, measures and controls almost every aspect of daily life. The...
Julian Buchanan on some of the concerns with the growth in demand for drugtesting, and it's potential impacts for those affected. See today's related post on false positives in hair follicle testing: http://sco.lt/8LwZBx.
Poor US citizens who are drugs-tested before they can receive benefits are less likely to use drugs than the average American, research has found. The state of Tenessee, like Montana, Texas, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi and West Virginia, forces applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programme to take a urine test if they disclose they have used narcotics in the past.
More coverage on the ineffectiveness of welfare drug-testing. In spite of this, such measures remain politically popular in some US states. See this related post: http://sco.lt/8RmUgT.
The death penalty continues to be used as a tool in the so-called “war on drugs”, with an alarming number of states across the globe executing people convicted on drug-related charges, in clear violation of international law, Amnesty International said ahead of the World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October).
TANAH MERAH, Oct 12 — Ee (not his real name) is a boatman who plies his trade along Sungai Golok, Kelantan. The 35-year-old is Thai and lives on the opposite side of the river in the Narathiwat province.
Pre-#IHRC2015 coverage of a delegation's visit to observe outtreach harm reduction programs on the Malaysian/Thai border.
The scientific evidence might still fall short, but there are many reasons to allow such remedies to be made available.
Today's Age editorial referring to the Victorian Law Reform Commission report on medical cannabis. See yesterday's coverage for some detail on how the Vic scheme will work (assuming it's approved by the Federal Govt): http://sco.lt/8Ouq1Z.
Death of David Stojcevski, who was placed in cell after he failed to pay driving ticket, is subject of a federal lawsuit and FBI investigation
A reminder that (depending on what drugs are involved) withdrawal can be a dangerous process. If someone you care about is considering withdrawal, speak to an AOD service or doctor about how they can do it safely.
Legalising cannabis would raise taxes worth hundreds of millions of pounds and produce large savings for the criminal justice system, a private analysis for the Treasury has concluded. It judged that regulating cannabis, which was used by more than two million people in the UK last year, could generate “notable tax revenue” and “lead to overall savings to public services”.
Where people may not be swayed on the need for drug law reform on harm minimisation or public health grounds, economic arguments may succeed in increasing public support for change.
Australia is once again on an upward epidemic curve of opioid overdose.
ACT health minister Simon Corbell responds to external evaluation of the Territory's naloxone program, calling for the introduction of electronic scripts by the end of November. CAHMA has now been funded to expand the program.
THE national ice taskforce will reportedly recommend drug treatment and education over drug policing to deal with the problem.
Early detail of the final report from the National Ice Taskforce. We support these broad recommendations and look forward to seeing both the full report and how the Turnbull Govt responds to it. We can only hope the PM shows the same enthusiasm for these recommendations that he did for the Taskforce's interim report when it was released in July: http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/national-ice-taskforce-interim-report.
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