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1 Australia: PUB LTE: Toxic Alcohol's The Real Drug DangerWed, 25 Sep 2013
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Brown, Stephen John Area:Australia Lines:42 Added:09/27/2013

I TOTALLY disagree with that reformed addict who blames his addiction on cannabis use.

He admitted to being addicted to alcohol, cannabis and meth. I'd say he had a predisposition to abuse any drug he consumed.

Millions of people use drugs every day responsibly.

When teenagers take that first step into getting "high", the legal pathway compels them to drink alcohol. Now that's a bad choice. Why? Just read the tabloids everyday - drunken violence - trails of victims and shattered lives.

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2 Australia: Smoke And MiraclesThu, 28 Mar 2013
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Dillon, Meagan Area:Australia Lines:49 Added:03/29/2013

Drugs a 'Cancer Cure'

A TERRITORY man who believed radiation and chemotherapy treatment killed three loved ones started growing cannabis because it was a "major benefit" to the immune system and "cured" his mother of cancer.

Michael Bede Dooley, 59, was given a six-month fully suspended jail sentence in the NT Supreme Court for cultivating 81 cannabis plants.

The Batchelor service station owner had been growing the crops for up to seven months when police raided his property in May last year.

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3 Australia: Long Calls For Drug EducationThu, 16 Mar 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Morris, Grey Area:Australia Lines:60 Added:03/16/2006

TWO-TIME Essendon premiership player Michael Long says an in-depth education program is the answer to recreational drug use among AFL players.

Long, one of the Territory's most decorated players in a 190-game career that included the Norm Smith Medal and two premiership medallions, was responding to revelations this week that several indigenous AFL players tested positive to cannabis in 2004 and 2005.

Strict new WADA (World Anti-Doping Council) regulations mean players who test positive to drugs like marijuana will face the AFL tribunal.

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4 Australia: PUB LTE: Drug Policy Simply PottyWed, 08 Feb 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Fyffe, Robert Area:Australia Lines:66 Added:02/09/2006

I'M A person who smokes pot on a regular basis and has done so for about 30 years.

I've also spent most of that time working, paying tax and contributing to my town.

I smoked with people from all sectors of society - not just the junkies the government would have us believe are the only face of drug use.

I have shared smokes with judges/magistrates, police officers, members of the legal fraternity, doctors, politicians and ordinary, honest, hardworking people.

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5 Australia: PUB LTE: Fuel For The War On DrugsWed, 08 Feb 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Clarke, Fiona Area:Australia Lines:32 Added:02/07/2006

THE article "Drugs and drink bring out the worst" (Northern Territory News, February 6), quotes Michael Torres as saying he "attributes alcohol and cannabis for much of the violence".

Mr Torres does not give any examples or facts to back up this statement regarding cannabis - there is no evidence it makes people violent.

He does, however, elaborate on the well-known fact that grog is responsible for much violence that otherwise would not have occurred, and domestic violence.

But accuracy is not really the issue, is it? Dr Torre's uninformed statement created another opportunity to further the government war on cannabis.

Fiona Clarke,

The Narrows


6 Australia: No Bribe For CorbyWed, 25 Jan 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:24 Added:01/28/2006

BRISBANE - Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby passed up bribing her way out of trouble in Indonesia, her mother Rosleigh Rose said yesterday.

Ms Rose also accused members of Corby's former legal team Ron Bakir and lawyer Robin Tampoe as only interested in "books, movies and suing Qantas".

Ms Rose said just after Corby's arrest at Bali airport, where she was caught with 4.1kg of marijuana, Indonesian Customs officers handed over phone numbers hinting things could be worked out.


7 Australia: Grounds For Corby To ReopenMon, 23 Jan 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Murray, David Area:Australia Lines:74 Added:01/23/2006

Brother's Arrest a Factor

THE prosecutor in Schapelle Corby's Bali drug trial last year believes the arrest of her brother last week may provide legitimate grounds for her case to be reopened.

Wiswantanu Ida Bagus said a police affidavit lodged in court by Queensland Police might be the key to open a new trial for Corby in Denpasar District Court.

Mr Wiswantanu had thought it impossible for Corby's lawyers to have the case reopened only late last week. All the evidence pointed to her having smuggled the marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag.

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8 Australia: Corby's Last HopeSat, 21 Jan 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:41 Added:01/21/2006

CANBERRA: The Federal Government could appeal directly to the President of Indonesia for Schapelle Corby's freedom.

A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said yesterday that Canberra was waiting for confirmation from Indonesia that Corby's original sentence of 20-years had been reinstated.

She said though Corby's fate was a matter for the Indonesian justice system, the Federal Government was considering avenues of appeal.

The spokeswoman said Mr Ruddock did not want to jeopardise Corby's case by making public comments that an appeal directly to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was an option being looked at.

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9 Australia: PUB LTE: Keep The Pot BoilingSat, 07 Jan 2006
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Meyerhoff, Gary Area:Australia Lines:38 Added:01/08/2006

The article "Too much herb spoils drug chooks" (Northern Territory News, December 22) is a perfect example of the mass paranoid delusion that grips Australian society when it comes to illicit drugs.

Maningrida officer-in-charge Ray Musgrave told the Northern Territory News that cannabis use was rife in some communities and police were keen to crack down on dealers.

He said: "Our long-term goal is to persuade people taking and selling drugs it is not in their best interests - we just have to keep grinding away."

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10 Australia: Mum Digs In Over PhotosFri, 16 Dec 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:33 Added:12/17/2005

ADELAIDE: Schapelle Corby's mother says she will stay in Adelaide until she sees photographs of her daughter with an alleged drug dealer.

"I'm not going anywhere," Rosleigh Rose said yesterday.

She arrived in Adelaide from Brisbane yesterday morning determined to see the photographs seized by police during a recent drug raid.

Ms Rose claims the photographs were taken inside Bali's Kerobokan Prison after a request from two men on holiday in Bali for a photograph with Corby, 28.

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11 Indonesia: Most Jailed For DrugsMon, 07 Nov 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Indonesia Lines:23 Added:11/13/2005

JAKARTA: Almost half of Indonesia's prison population has been jailed for drug offences, a report quoting Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin says.

"Around 40 per cent of the inhabitants of jails are drug case prisoners," Mr Awaluddin was yesterday quoted by the Kompas newspaper as saying while in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

A jutice ministry official said last week that Indonesia hosts 100,611 convicts and detainees in jails across the country.

There are several Australian residents either in Indonesian jails for drug offences or in custody there awaiting trial.


12 Australia: Increase In Drug Labs Busted By PoliceWed, 05 Oct 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:45 Added:10/05/2005

TWENTY-one clandestine drug labs were busted by Territory police last financial year, Police Commissioner Paul White said yesterday.

This was an increase of 15 on the previous year and Mr White said this reflected the increase in the illicit drug trade in the Territory.

"Amphetamines are the second most commonly seized drug in the Northern Territory, with 21 clandestine labs discovered in the Territory last year, compared with six the year before, " he said. "Attacking this trade has to come on a number of fronts, including law enforcement, public information about suspicious activity, effective legislation, and the ability to stop the importation of chemicals used to manufacture amphetamines."

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13 Australia: More Soldiers Test Positive For DrugsSat, 17 Sep 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Tlozek, Eric Area:Australia Lines:57 Added:09/17/2005

MORE Territory soldiers have tested positive for drug use.

The soldiers, from Robertson Barracks near Darwin, are believed to have tested positive to cannabis and ecstasy.

The Northern Territory News understands several soldiers stationed at the barracks returned positive samples after drug tests earlier this month.

The soldiers could face disciplinary action or be forced to leave the army.

A Defence Force spokesman confirmed soldiers were being investigated for illicit drug use.

He said 21 soldiers were tested and the army was continuing investigations into the alleged drug-taking.

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14 Australia: PUB LTE: Toyne Must ResignFri, 16 Sep 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Meyerhoff, Gary Area:Australia Lines:40 Added:09/15/2005

Northern Territory Justice Minister Peter Toyne should resign.

Prison is not a solution to crime and neither does it rehabilitate offenders, genuine or otherwise.

Berrimah Prison has been overcrowded for months.

But all that Mr Toyne and the NT Government have done in response, is to ensure that it stays that way by jailing more and more people.

A war on illicit drug users; targeting of the longgrass community; zero-tolerance policing of young people; and now threats to jail petrol-sniffers.

More than 80% of prisoners are indigenous people. And the NT continues to have the highest rate of incarceration in Australia.

It is time for Toyne to go. Immediately.

Yours truly

Gary Meyerhoff

Network Against Prohibition

Rapid Creek


15 Malaysia: Needles, Condoms DistributionMon, 05 Sep 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Malaysia Lines:29 Added:09/05/2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia yesterday denied it was holding off on the distribution of needles and condoms to drug addicts because of opposition from Islamic religious groups.

Health Minister Chua Soi Lek said the program was crucial to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS.

"The staff have to be trained and educated properly before this program can be introduced," Mr Chua said, national news agency Bernama reported.

The media reported yesterday the program had been put on hold after some Islamic groups said it would give the impression that the authorities condone drug use and casual sex.

Mr Chua said a pilot project to supply needles and condoms to 1200 intravenous drug users in four cities - Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru, Penang and Kuantan - would start in january.


16 Indonesia: Bali 9 Prepare To Face TrialsThu, 11 Aug 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Indonesia Lines:46 Added:08/13/2005

JAKARTA: The Bali Nine have been told they'll face trial within weeks on drug charges that carry the death penalty.

Indonesian police have completed their investigation and their defence lawyers expect evidence files will be handed to Denpasar prosecutors on Monday, clearing the way for a series of trials.

Haposan Sihombing, the lawyer for Wollongong man Martin Stephens, 29, and Newcastle woman Renae Lawrence, 27, broke the news to his clients in Bali's Kerobokan Prison yesterday.

He said the pair, accused of trying to smuggle heroin from Bali to Australia in bags strapped to their legs and stomach, would be tried separately along with two others arrested at Bali airport in April.

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17 Australia: PUB LTE: Prisons Are No AnswerFri, 15 Jul 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:White, Scott Area:Australia Lines:34 Added:07/15/2005

THE prisons are full, and the NT Labor Government is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars jailing 10 people involved with the Network Against Prohibition (NAP).

If prison numbers are increasing rapidly, could it be for their position on drugs in our society?

Sensible drug laws will stop prison overcrowding. The current policies are unable to stop drug misuse and associated crime.

Prohibition needs to be debated openly by our politicians. Its repeal would reduce the prison population and help facilitate positive change in our communities.

NAPs "crimes" were non-violent direct-action protests. Just like the '70s. If people can be jailed for thought crimes, how many prisons need to be built.

Scott White

Stuart Park


18 Australia: PUB LTE: Butter The DrugTue, 05 Jul 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Meyerhoff, Gary Area:Australia Lines:58 Added:07/06/2005

It is obvious members of the NT judiciary need to be educated with regards to the provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

I am referring to "Butter is better" (Northern Territory News, NT and Beyond, July 2).

A person facing a charge of possessing 50g of cannabis butter had that charge dropped after a confusing exchange between Magistrate John Lowndes and the prosecutor.

Mr Lowndes said he did not know how one could quantify the amount of cannabis in the butter.

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19 Australia: PUB LTE: No Dogs, No BarkingThu, 23 Jun 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia) Author:Meyerhoff, Gary Area:Australia Lines:35 Added:06/23/2005

I note with interest the outcry over barking dogs.

Perhaps Clare Martin should implement a zero-tolerance policy on this issue

Although most dog owners are responsible, loving, law-abiding citizens and provide more than adequate care for their pets, it seems there will always be an anti-social minority who abuse dogs.

The Government and police are always crowing about the success of their war on drugs.

If the Government believes that prohibition is so successful when it comes to drugs, why not prohibit dogs and put an end to barking once and for all?

And, for that matter, why not prohibit cane toads and alcohol while we are at it?

Gary Meyerhoff

Rapid Creek


20 Australia: War On Drugs SummitMon, 23 May 2005
Source:Northern Territory News (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:30 Added:05/24/2005

NT police will host a chemical diversion congress aimed at maintaining the fight against the illegal drug manufacturing trade.

Police, chemical manufacturers, pharmacists and judicial representatives will meet in Darwin in September to examine the issues surrounding the purchase and use of precursors used to make illegal drugs.

Commissioner Paul White said the conference was an opportunity for Territory police to foster the intelligence sharing in their own back yard.

"The value of information sharing and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and other bodies is important to keep up the fight against drugs," he said.

The congress is expected to attract up to 200 delegates. Territory police found 15 clandestine drug labs this financial year and six in 2003-4.

Darwin will also host the Australasian Women in Policing Conference in August.


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