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Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh

Canberra's Cannabis Critics Need To Find Bigger Problems To Worry About

3 min read

This week, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Politics

Politics

Sorry, Tourists Won't Be Able To Smoke Weed In The ACT

5 min read

Despite cannabis decriminalisation laws passing, Canberra is unlikely to instantly turn into an Amsterdam-style marijuana mecca for tourists.

National

National

Doubts Cast Over Accuracy Of Mobile Drug Testing

3 min read

The accuracy of saliva drug tests have been questioned by an Australian study.

Health

Health

Federal Government Again Rejects Pill Testing Despite Expert Advice

4 min read

Pill testing is "dangerous and unfounded", the health minister has claimed, in slapping down the harm minimisation strategy despite a growing group of experts in support of the move.

National

National

The Only Doctor At Lost Paradise Festival Didn't Know How To Intubate

3 min read

The one doctor on-site at the Lost Paradise music festival, where a man died, said he was "uncomfortable" at the event.

World

World

U.S. City Becomes The First To Decriminalise 'Magic' Mushrooms

4 min read

Colorado's capital Denver -- long known for being at the forefront of the push for drug reform -- has just become the first city in the United States to decriminalise magic mushrooms.

National

National

The Push To Legalise MDMA In Australia

3 min read

Ahead of the federal election this May, one party is calling for party drug MDMA to be regulated and legalised.

Health

Health

Ketamine Has Been Approved To Treat Depression

3 min read

A form of ketamine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for depression.

Crime

Crime

'It’s Coloured Pills That Kill': Accused Drug Dealer Wants Pill Testing

2 min read

A man accused of dealing drugs at music festivals has sensationally blamed the government for lethal pills.

Politics

Politics

'Potential To Save Lives': ACT Approves Pill Testing Trial At Music Festival

2 min read

A pill testing trial has been approved at Canberra's Groovin The Moo music festival, with the ACT government saying it had a "responsibility" to explore the measure.

Crime

Crime

Drug Dogs Are Sniffing Out The Wrong Crims: Study

3 min read

More evidence has shown drug dog programs fail in what they set out to achieve, with suppliers slipping through the nets that pick up low-level drug users and marijuana smokers.

National

National

Selling MDMA In Shops Could Be A Smart Move, Drug Experts Say

3 min read

Young people are dying after taking party drugs -- so could the solution be to sell them in pharmacies instead?

National

National

Meet The Machine That Gives The DNA Of A Pill Right Down To The Type Of Paint

5 min read

In a crowded room in Sydney, pill testing advocates unveiled the machine used to analyse drugs, and explained patiently how their process would work to stop overdoses and save lives.

National

National

Premier Says Free Water And 'Chill-Out Zones', Not Pill Testing, Will Keep Festivals Safe

4 min read

Pill testing is not the answer, and instead festivals should give out more free water to help drug-affected people, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claimed.

Crime

Crime

Coroner's Inquest To Investigate Music Festival Drug Deaths

2 min read

The NSW coroner will hold an inquest into a spate of drug-related deaths at music festivals this summer, as calls grow for the government to approve a pill testing trial.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Devastated Family Of Teen Who Died After FOMO Festival Begs Premier For Pill Testing

5 min read

"Premier, please. Can we have this pill testing done?"

National

National

Here Are Just Some Of The Experts Who Back Pill Testing

4 min read

While still stubbornly opposing pill testing at festivals, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian appears to have extended the invitation to experts to prove her wrong.

National

National

'This Doesn't Need To Be The Summer Of Festival Deaths': Pleas For Drug Reform

4 min read

A family is mourning the death of their 22-year-old son from a suspected drug overdose at a music festival, as debate returns to pill testing.

Crime

Crime

80 Percent Of Defqon Festival Searches Found No Drugs

3 min read

Nearly 200 police worked at the Defqon music festival in September, an arrangement the Greens have called a "harmful waste of resources".

Politics

Politics

Why The Gay Community Is Upset About The Government Banning Leather Cleaner

3 min read

A plan to restrict a sex aid to the same drug category as heroin and ecstasy has been slammed as "ridiculous".

National

National

Cannabis Clinics Won't Solve Anything For Those Who Can't Afford It

3 min read

Medicinal marijuana advocates have cautiously welcomed the opening of cannabis clinics in Australian cities, but warn they will do little to solve issues around access and cost for patients who benefit from the drug.

Health

Health

Mother: Medication Makes It Worse But Cannabis Saves Her Life

4 min read

Study finds "huge unmet clinical need" for children with epilepsy

Health

Health

Aussie Doctors Don't Know How To Prescribe Medical Cannabis

5 min read

Claims the "stunningly cumbersome" system is fuelling black market

Politics

Politics

Canada Just Legalised Recreational Marijuana

3 min read

Sale, purchase, and cultivation of four plants at home will be allowed.

Crime

Crime

Here's How Drug Driving Tests Work Around Australia

10 min read

Drug driving results vary by state, as do how the tests are run.

Politics

Politics

Northern Territory To 'Explore' Decriminalising Marijuana

3 min read

"We're probably behind the conversation in some respects around how you deal with drugs in this country", the NT chief minister said.