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Drug Laws/Individual Listing for AUSTRALIA

Drug Laws/Individual Listing
Criminal Code (Controlled Drugs) Legislation Amendment Regulation 2014 (Amendment Regulation) amending the Criminal Code Regulation 2005

In April 2014, the Criminal Code (Controlled Drugs) Legislation Amendment Regulation 2014 (Amendment Regulation) amended the Criminal Code Regulation 2005 by inserting 44 new illicit substances into the schedule 1 (part 1.2 prohibited substances). This means that it is a criminal offence under the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 to possess the listed substances and it is a serious trafficking offence to possess an amount equal to or greater than the amount prescribed in the Regulation. The substances include synthetic cannabinoids (e.g. AM-694; JWH-122; JWH-018; JWH-073; JWH-200; JWH-250), synthetic cathinones (e.g mephedrone), piperazines (e.g. mCPP, pMPP), phenethylamines (e.g. 2C-T-2; 2C-I; 2C-T-7; 25 NBOMe). In march 2015, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Act 2015, No. 12, 2015 amended the Criminal Code Act of 1995 and the Customs Act of 1901with regard to psychoactive substances. Following this amendment, importing psychoactive substances (exceptions were made for tobbaco products and some good within the meaning of other regulations) -within the meaning of the law- was forbidden, as well as importing substances represented to be serious drug alternatives. In the Customs Act definitions of a prohibited psychoactive substance and of a prohibited serious drug alternative were introduced for purposes of control.

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