A pro-reform billboard in Hamilton leading up to the October election and referendum.
Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed.
Can't make up your mind in the recreational cannabis referendum? You're not alone, so here's some tips from both sides of the debate to help you decide.
The voices of recreational cannabis users are curiously missing from the official debate about legalisation.
New Zealand will hold the world’s first national referendum on legalising recreational use of cannabis in September. It must learn from mistakes in implementing earlier drug law reforms.
Medical cannabis challenges scientific norms and the usual regulation of medicines.
Marijuana varieties on display in a California dispensary.
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Medical marijuana? Recreational marijuana? Both or neither? Here's a quick guide to the topsy-turvy landscape for marijuana regulation in the US.
Former drug and alcohol doctor Di Natale says the ‘tough on drugs’ approach causes enormous harm.
Dealing with cannabis is basically a state matter but the Greens propose an Australian Cannabis Agency be set up to bring together state and territory governments, experts and regulators.
The not-for-profit UK group The Loop said it tested the drug ecstasy with ‘loop lasers’ at a festival in July 2016.
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Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said conducting on-site drug tests at public events "safely and quickly is not really a practical option". But the technology is available.
Police seized 200kg of methamphetamine during a drug bust in Perth, Western Australia, in May 2016.
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West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said his state has the "worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country". We asked the experts to check the evidence.
Was David Leyonhjelm correct about the proportion of drug law enforcement costs attributable to cannabis?
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm told parliament that of the $1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. Are those numbers correct?
Iran burns drugs in an annual ritual – but levels of use remain high.
Penalties for drug traffickers in Iran are harsh but it also has progressive policies for addicts. Is it time to go further?
He may not look it, but this guy is totally radical.
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Our drugs policy expert sheds some light on the Liberal Democrats' radical new proposals.
Needle exchange kits are a cost-effective way of reducing the harm of illicit drugs.
Australian governments are spending more on law enforcement against illicit drugs than treatment and prevention, according…
One argument for legalisation is it will move the problem away from police and the criminal justice system, where it currently dominates resources.
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We should all be concerned about our laws on illegal drugs because they affect all of us – people who use drugs; who have family members using drugs; health professionals seeing people for drug-related…
Brazilian police patrol a favela in Rio De Janiero.
Former Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has argued that the war on drugs has failed and cannabis should be decriminalised. He argued that the hardline approach has brought “disastrous” consequences…
It’s worth taking another look at Bob Carr’s record on decriminalising drugs.
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The Australia21 thinktank has today released a report describing the war on drugs as a failure. Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr, part of the working group that developed the report, today told the ABC…