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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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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TWO-TIME Essendon premiership player Michael Long says an in-depth
education program is the answer to recreational drug use among AFL
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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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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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
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
BRISBANE - Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby passed up bribing
her way out of trouble in Indonesia, her mother Rosleigh Rose said
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
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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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
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.
Network Against Prohibition
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.
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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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.
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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I note with interest the outcry over barking dogs.
Perhaps Clare Martin should implement a zero-tolerance policy on this
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?
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,"
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.