The Department of Health is anti harm-reduction?

November 26, 2016

Apparently so. It’s been a long time and I shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to, and that… Anyway I have been busy in the background, which somehow or other ended up with me giving evidence to a senate inquiry into the legalisation of cannabis in Australia. The Senate Economics Reference […]

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Smoke and Mirrors

January 20, 2013

Whenever you want to create an illusion you need a distraction, otherwise your sleight of hand is way too obvious and the prestige of the illusion is lost. But what illusion I hear you ask. In this instance the illusion is a common one, however the motivation behind this article (namely anger and frustration) has […]

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Ahh, Western Australia.

June 2, 2012

It’s a beautiful place, shame about the incompetence of their state government when it comes to drug policy. Now in a previous article we saw how Western Australia recently changed their more progressive cannabis laws to possibly the most backward in the country. As such, I was under the false impression that ALL of the […]

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Austalia21? Meh…next.

April 23, 2012

The recent political response to the Australia21 report on illicit drug policy in Australia may have seemed positive, but in many ways the report’s release amounts to pretty much what we have seen in this country for the last 50 years or so. An opportunity for tough talk on drugs. This may seem surprising given […]

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The cure for cannabis?

February 23, 2012

I know, I know, it’s shocking. Perhaps you thought you, being an occasional cannabis user, or recreational even, didn’t need curing. WRONG, wrong and wrong! Luckily, Jan Copeland from the notorious NCPIC (National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre) has the cure for your cannabis dependence. But how to know if you’re dependent? Well, Jan has […]

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Give me death or give me… morbidity?

December 27, 2011

On what basis should drugs be classified and regulated? What effects of drug use are considered by most to be acceptable, and conversely unacceptable? These are the questions that arise when one considers the policy of prohibition that is the War on Drugs, of which the Australian government is a participant and combatant. It was […]

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The Ace in the Hole

October 3, 2011

This saying is generally used when describing something held in reserve that, when revealed, will ensure victory. In the context of cannabis the ‘ace’ appears often when talk of legalisation comes up. For example: RC: “Man, cannabis should be regulated and taxed like alcohol. It’s non toxic, can’t kill you, and it would reduce alcohol-related […]

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May I introduce…

September 10, 2011

Dr. Alex Wodak, a rare man in Australia these days. For those of you who haven’t heard of him listen closely, and for those who have he probably needs no introduction. According to the St. Vincent’s Hospital website Dr. Wodak is a physician and has been Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s […]

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Flights of fancy – pt. 2

August 23, 2011

In a world where cannabis was legal, how would things be different? Let’s indulge our imaginations further.   It’s Thursday night. You’ve been at high school all day and are spending the remaining part of the evening listening to the nationwide top 40 program. “Yes, I love this song!” you say as you move away […]

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Flights of fancy – pt. 1

August 6, 2011

In a world where alcohol is illegal, but cannabis was legal, how would things be different? Let’s indulge our imaginations for a moment.   It’s Friday afternoon. You’ve just begun to think about what the weekend has in store for you. The week has been a busy one, and you’re looking forward to relaxing with […]

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