Drugs and the law - Hot Topics

Drugs and the law - Hot Topics

Cover for Hot Topics Drugs and Law

Revised edition 2015

This online Hot Topics covers the law in New South Wales relating to drugs, including possession, use and supply, manufacturing, importing and exporting. Case studies are also included.

About the author

Steve Bolt has been a practising solicitor since 1991 and is currently in private practice. He worked for many years in community legal centres including as the principal solicitor at the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. He is the author of Rough Deal: A Plain English Guide to Drug Laws in New South Wales.


Chapter one

Drug laws in NSW

What are illegal drugs? - NSW Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 - Commonwealth Criminal Code - confiscating proceeds of crime - international treaties and conventions.

Chapter two


Custody or control - proving knowledge - shared houses - charges against several persons - medicinal cannabis - synthetic drugs.

Chapter three


Intoxication as a defence - drink spiking - methadone - prescription drugs - administering drugs to others - if someone dies - getting medical help - injecting rooms - discrimination.

Chapter four


What if it isn't a drug - deemed supply - traffickable quantities - police directions in public places - ongoing dealing - large scale supply.

Chapter five

Drugs and driving

Random driver drug testing - driving under the influence - drug testing - fatal accidents.


Drugs and the law by Steve Bolt, online edition 2015. Hot Topics is intended as an introductory guide only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the Legal Information Access Centre does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions.

©Library Council of New South Wales 2015. All rights reserved. Copyright in Hot Topics is owned by the Library Council of New South Wales (the governing body of the State Library of New South Wales). Apart from any use permitted by the Copyright Act (including fair dealing for research or study) this publication may not be reproduced without written permission from the Legal Information Access Centre.