This coming Sunday (22nd April 2007), StickyPoint will be represented on the Triple J radio program 'Restoring the Balance'.
Tune in at 10pm to hear Andrew Kavasilas speak on behalf of StickyPoint Magazine with Professor George Patton, as well as Dr Stuart Reece (QLD GP and Addicton Specialist). ^ TOP
Source: The Age (Australia)
An "incredibly stupid" Brisbane company director has been fined $NZ1500 ($A1334) fine for posting cannabis to himself for use on a family holiday in New Zealand.
"You have insulted our country by sending yourself cannabis which you intended to smoke here," Judge Jane McMeeken told Amanuel Tossos Bellas.
Bellas, 49, of Mansfield, Brisbane, is a director of a company employing 30 people.
He was allowed to collect his confiscated passport from Customs and fly home - as long as the fine and court costs totalling $NZ1630 had been paid.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of importing cannabis into New Zealand a few days before the family holiday began.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Jeff Kay said Bellas had posted 13.65 grams of cannabis inside a compact disk case, to an address he was going to stay at in Christchurch.
Source: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Author: Greg Ansley
CANBERRA - Australian schools have been rocked by new drug revelations following studies showing a high rate of drug use among the country's teenagers.
The new head of education in New South Wales has admitted to a term in prison as a former heroin addict and an exclusive Catholic college in Melbourne is in trouble for expelling a schoolyard cannabis dealer without telling police.
The revelations follow growing concern at the link between drugs and crime - especially among the young - and studies showing a disturbing level of illicit teenage drug use.
The most recent survey by the federal Health Department's drug strategy branch showed that 25 per cent of all high school students had smoked cannabis, rising to almost 40 per cent for 16 to 17-year-olds. Between 3 and 4 per cent had also used hallucinogens, amphetamines, cocaine and opiates such as heroin or morphine.
Source: Age, The (Australia)
Author: Farah Farouque
CANNABIS users who started smoking as teenagers are more likely to suffer long-term harm, including poor mental health, than drinkers who started using alcohol as adolescents, a major study has found.
Heavy users of marijuana are also more likely to graduate to other drugs such as amphetamines and ecstasy than are teenage binge drinkers.
Involving nearly 2000 Victorian high school students aged 14 or 15, the landmark study has traced their progress since 1992, and provides the first comparison of the consequences of the two substances commonly used in teenage social situations.
Researcher George Patton, who conducted the study for Melbourne University's Centre for Adolescent Heath, said that while both alcohol and cannabis carried health risks, the overwhelming evidence was that cannabis was "the drug for life's future losers".
"It's the young people who were using cannabis in their teens who were doing really badly in terms of their mental health," Professor Patton said.
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This easter weekend StickyPoint has been attending the fantastic East Coast Blues and Roots Festival (Bluesfest 2007) in not-so-sunny Byron Bay. We will be featuring this awesome event in the next issue of StickyPoint (Issue 03), due out around the start of May.^ TOP