Talking serious drug reform at the Melbourne Town Hall

During my recent Australian tour for my book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, the biggest event, organised by Drug Policy Australia, was held at the Melbourne Town Hall in front of 700 people. Alongside star panelists Fiona Patten, Mick Palmer, Laura Turner, Greg Barns and Tania de Jong, and host…

Ethical ways to end the brutal war on drugs

My interview in the Guardian about my book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, by Jenny Valentish: In August 2018 there was a flurry of headlines about the hypocrisy of middle-class cocaine users, dubbed “the woke who do coke”. Hot takes were prompted by the comments of UK Metropolitan police commissioner…

Legalising and regulating all drugs is the solution

My essay appears in this week’s Sydney Morning Herald: The only way to ensure a safer Australian society is to legalise and regulate all drugs. This could save lives, earn huge revenue for the state and diminish the power of criminal gangs that make billions of dollars annually from the production and sale of illicit…