David Heilpern is an author and former NSW magistrate. Here, he reveals why Australia’s drug-driving laws left him administering justice he felt very uncomfortable with.

During my time in judicial office, I dealt with thousands of drug-driving charges. Enough to be able to say, without a doubt, that our country’s drug-driving detection laws are unjust, unfair and unhelpful.

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  1. Thank you for the work you do. What I find incredible is the fact that it’s been legalised in Canada and many states of America, which we seem to follow on bad decisions. Billions of dollars are being made on products from the cannabis plant or hemp. The potential for bringing in much needed export dollars seems to be a financial no brainer for Australia. How do we recover from the coronavirus ? Financially! It’s pretty clear to me that the legalisation of this natural plant will make us competitive in the cannabis export industry and bring in money to the country for a change. If the Government was really smart they would stop the nonsense and [legalise] the new gold crop. Help the people, stop the waste of fining people for having it and also stop suffering, plus compete on the market. Australia has some of the best soil in the world. It’s time!

  2. “Let’s consider who’s actually making money out of this law. Firstly, the police service is getting a great wack of road safety funding to do these tests. Then there’s the two biggest donors to political parties in New South Wales: alcohol companies and pharmaceutical companies”….the article could start and end with that!