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Sentencing for social supply of illicit drugs in Australia

Sep 24, 2021

The Australian Institute of Criminology recently released a research paper titled, “Sentencing for social supply of illicit drugs in Australia”. Social supply refers to the common practice where people supply illegal drugs to their friends, usually for no profit. However the law doesn’t recognise the difference between social supply and so-called “dealers proper” who deal illegal drugs on a commercial scale for profit. Most states in Australia use various quantity cut-offs to determine supply offences, and don’t make much reference to whether or not the supply was for-profit or not.  The paper looks at various approaches to the issue and makes recommendations for law reform. 

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