Drugs

Steroids – Can I Get on the Roids/Gear/Juice in Victoria?

Steroids – Can I Get on the Roids/Gear/Juice in Victoria? Steroid use is a topic that generates a lot of controversy and debate around the world. In this blog, we’ll explore the legality of steroid use in Victoria, what the...

Police Doing Roadside Drug Testing

What Drugs Do Victoria Police Test For? Your Guide to Roadside Drug Testing This Festival/Camping/Holiday Season

What Drugs Do Victoria Police Test For? Your Guide to Roadside Drug Testing This Festival/Camping/Holiday Season Christmas is here and for many Victorians that will mean they go on camping trips, away to festivals and on weekends away. If you...

Music Frestival Celebration

Festival Season, Sniffer Dogs and Searches – Your Guide to Dealing With Police at a Festival

Festival Season, Sniffer Dogs and Searches – Your Guide to Dealing With Police at a Festival Music festival season is here and many thousands of Victorians are looking forward to finally getting out their eskies, tents, blow up mattresses and...

Sniffer Dog

Can sniffer dogs smell LSD? Your Victorian drug detection dog questions, answered

Can sniffer dogs smell LSD? Your Victorian drug detection dog questions, answered It is increasingly common to see drug detection dogs (also known as ‘sniffer dogs’ or ‘passive alert detection dogs’) operating across Victoria, especially at music festivals. If you...

Is your Bong Legal?

Is your bong legal?

Is your bong legal? Cannabis law reform is occurring throughout the country, with home-grown legalisation in the Australian Capital Territory and decriminalisation of cannabis in various States and Territories. However, the legal status of cannabis-related products such as ‘bongs’ or...

Music Festival

Music festivals, drugs, testing and common sense

Drug use and music festivals seem married to each other. Like two peas in a pod, they are inseparable. One of those things that has been going on since the first person stood on a rock in a field with...

Syringe and Drugs

The benefit of undergoing drug treatment before pleading guilty

The benefit of undergoing drug treatment before pleading guilty It is widely known that there is an alarming correlation between crime and illicit drug use. Here, I’d like to address the correlation between the probability of a positive sentencing outcome...

Cannabis Smoke

Synthetic drugs – The goverment legislates a crackdown

Synthetic drugs – The goverment legislates a crackdown Injecting rooms one month, harsher drug laws last month. Welcome to the roller-coaster of the war on drugs minus a strategy. Last month, the Victorian Government passed new laws that impose tougher...

Josh Taaffe

Synthetics – A proven difficult prosecution

Synthetics – A proven difficult prosecution As part of the ADLA conference, we were presented with a case study by Josh Taaffe & Cameron Browne. The matter in question concerned a client who was represented by both firms in their...

Hand Holding a Substance

Drugs, impairment and post-incident administration

Guest post by Dr. Michael Robertson – Independent Forensic Consulting Dr. Robertson is a forensic toxicologist at Independent Forensic Consulting and a specialist consultant to a range of medico-legal organisations. Dr. Robertson graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Medicine...