Anybody following the Murdoch press this year will have noted the glee with which newscorp owned publications, (That’s FoxNews for our US readers), welcome with barely concealed glee every cannabis bust large and small up and down the country.
Today for example in Queensland there’s nothing better than a true blue fallen Australian hero and when that hero is caught with the green the intimation is that the true blue no longer remains.
For our North American readers we refer you to the Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms
Very genuine, very loyal; expressing Australian values; Australian. This derives from a British English sense of true blue, recorded from the 17th century with the meaning ‘faithful, staunch, unwavering in one’s commitments or principles; extremely loyal’.
Queensland flood hero busted with 1.3kg of weed at home
NSW Decriminalisation Proposals
Minor illicit drug possession could be decriminalised in NSW policy change
People in NSW caught with small quantities of illicit drugs could soon be let off with a simple warning in a major change to policy.
7NEWS understands that if someone is caught with a quantity small enough to be classified as “personal use”, they may not be charged.
The new policy is set to give people caught with small amounts of drugs three chances, it’s understood.
In the first instance, they’re caught, a warning will be handed out.
If they’re caught a second and third time within a 12-month period, they will be fined.
But if they’re caught a fourth time within a year of the first instance, they will face a criminal penalty.
If the subsequent instances occur outside the 12-month period, the count resets.
“It’s a major win for common sense,” Greens Minister David Shoebridge said.
“It’s a major win for young people who can go about their daily lives without being monstered by police.”
It’s understood the policy would apply to all illicit substances but exact quantities allowed are unclear.
Gino Vumbaca from Harm Minimisation Australia said the move is welcomed.
Although the policy was endorsed by Cabinet on Monday, 7NEWS understands support was not unanimous amongst Ministers, with some expressing concern the government will look like its going soft on crime.
A final decision is expected within weeks.
That set the cat amongst the pigeons!
By Thursday the fightback was in full swing with those in positions of power literally falling over themselves to shoot most of the proposals down.
Decriminalization is dead duck within 48 hours of it hitting the airwaves although now the concept of depenalisation already operating in the states’ drug enforcement regime is being mooted to water down the more proactive proposals. Modelled on an existing cannabis cautioning system, which has been in place since 2000, allowing police to issue a warning for people caught with small amounts of cannabis.
But as Will Tregoning the chief executive of Unharm points out in an excellent article published in the Guardian Thursday 3 December