Drugs

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 article The benefit of undergoing drug treatment before pleading guilty is written by Tyson Manicolo, Associate, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. Tyson is an associate of the firm and heads our Broadmeadows office. He appears daily in the Magistrates’, County...

Cannabis Smoke

Synthetic drugs – The goverment legislates a crackdown

Written by Bill Doogue. Partner, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. 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...

Josh Taaffe

Synthetics – A proven difficult prosecution

Written by Dee Giannopoulos, Solicitor Doogue + George defence lawyers. 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...

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...

Cowboy Hat on Australian Map With QLD Highlighted

Queensland: The state of cowboy politicians

Given the amount of interest in the last blog about the new drug laws in Queensland we asked Fiona Patten to explain further how the drug laws have been amended and the effect of this amendment.  Last week, Australia’s vaguest...

Chocolate With the Ban Sign

Queensland government bans chocolate, saffron, echinacea and beer

Copy of a Press Release in relation to new drug laws published by Melbourne Criminal Lawyers : Last week the QLD government passed the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012.  As a result, many harmless chemicals, foodstuffs and herbal medicines were inadvertently...

Chemical Processing

Understanding the basics of drug testing reports

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...