Knaus, Christopher 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 Australia: Amnesty Call For Medicinal Cannabis FailsMon, 23 May 2016
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Knaus, Christopher Area:Australia Lines:88 Added:05/25/2016

Users have to break law

The ACT government has rejected a push to create an effective amnesty for medicinal cannabis users by directing police not to charge them with drug offences.

Canberrans who rely on medicinal cannabis to treat serious illness or chronic pain are currently forced to break the law to seek relief and a number, including campaigner Laura Bryant, have spoken publicly of their constant fear of arrest.

Moves to establish legal medicinal cannabis cultivation are continuing federally, with changes to the Narcotics Drugs Act passed in February, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration and Department of Health advancing plans to lower barriers preventing access.

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2 Australia: Warning By Guards On Needle ExchangeMon, 19 Nov 2012
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Knaus, Christopher Area:Australia Lines:69 Added:11/24/2012

The guards' union has warned it will take the government to the industrial relations tribunal if it tries to push ahead with the needle exchange program at Canberra's jail without the consent of prison officers.

The government has been consulting with a large number of interest groups over its plans to introduce a one-for-one needle exchange model to swap a single clean needle for a dirty needle in the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

The plan, designed to combat blood-borne disease, has sparked strong criticism from guards, who warn it is unworkable, will feed a black-market trade of needles and put correctional officers in danger.

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3 Australia: Australia 'Irresistible' To Drug TraffickersSat, 16 Apr 2011
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Knaus, Christopher Area:Australia Lines:81 Added:04/16/2011

The quality of the drug ecstasy in Australia is deteriorating rapidly, creating a potentially lucrative market for criminal syndicates supplying pure forms of the drug, according to a report issued yesterday by the Australian Crime Commission.

The report, which focuses on organised crime in Australia, quantified the social cost of underworld activity at $15billion per year, and warned Mexican drug cartels were gaining a foothold in Australia, particularly in cocaine importation.

The commission described Australia as an irresistibly lucrative market for drug traffickers, and said the illicit drug trade remained the biggest source of income for organised crime syndicates.

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