Legal highs: arguments for and against legalising cannabis in Australia

SPECIAL FEATURE: Many of the harms associated with cannabis use are to do with its illegality. However, legalisation of cannabis is relatively recent in most jurisdictions so the long-term benefits or problems of legalisation are not yet known.

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Found with cocaine in Colombia, we should presume Cassandra Sainsbury’s innocence

ANALYSIS & OPINION: If faced with a similar situation to the young Australian arrested this week in Columbia on suspicion of drugs trafficking, would not most people prefer that a judge or jury came to a trial unbiased by what they had read or heard about a case?

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Australia emerges as a leader in the global darknet drugs trade

OPINION: More than a quarter of the world’s darknet methamphetamine trade is facilitated by Australian cryptomarket dealers.

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Bali schoolies drug suspect walks free after powder tests negative

Jamie Murphy “very lucky” says Kuta police cheif after tests show powder was “medicine, not drugs”

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Aussie schoolies teen arrested in Bali for suspected drug posession

Schoolies has gone very sour for a Perth teen who is now in the custody of Indonesian police for allegedly posessing a baggy of suspicious white powder.

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Bali 9 pair Chan and Sukumaran killed by firing squad

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran shot dead for role in Bali 9 drugs trafficking, despite mercy pleas and vigils.

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Dutch backpacker abused by ice addict, held captive in Melbourne hotel room

Drug user claimed he was possessed by a demon when he raped, assaulted and tortured a Dutch woman he held hostage in his hotel room in Melbourne for six weeks.

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Big Joint rolling up in Sydney

Nimbin’s fat number to blow smoke in NSW election.

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Footy blow: more arrests on the cards in cocaine scandal

The latest drugs scandal rocking Australian sport looks set to claim more scalps, while authorities warn media about reporting.

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Bali Nine reprieve as prison transfer delayed

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will not be moved to pre-execution prison this week after all.

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Bali 9 transfer from prison to be executed approved

Convicted Australian heroin smugglers are to be relocated from their Bail prison ahead of their ordered execution by firing squad.

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Second Bali Nine prisoner has death sentence pardon rejected by president

Australian prisoners closer to firing squad after Indonesian president rejects clemency appeal.

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When Joe Cocker was deported from Australia for weed

As Aussie music fans mourn the death of much loved Joe Cocker, they may be reminded of the time we kicked him out for drugs.

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Australian woman faces death penalty following Malaysia drugs arrest

A Sydney mother could be hanged if found guilty of carrying 1.5kg of meth at Kuala Lumpur airport.

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Tinder couple suspected of smuggling ice from China

Kalynda Davis’s world came crashing down when she was charged in China with possessing 36kg of crystal methamphetamine. She has made it home to Australia but her Tinder partner remains behind and could face death by firing squad if found guilty.

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