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Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by MiizzCarmen, 5 January 2015.
drugs illegal or legal under
criminal law in Melbourne, Victoria?
Its rather a broad question. Most of what you would refer to as synthetic drugs are regulated under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act in VIC. This act prescribes the offences relating to manufacture, possession and supply of all sorts of drugs and provides information as to the specific schedule of poison they are classified as. The act not only applies to illicit drugs but obviously also therapeutic drugs - which can also be distributed or used "illegally".
The best summary of synthetic drugs in Victoria that I've found is from the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel site.
I agree with @Sophea that the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) (DPCSA) is the primary legislation for drugs, both natural and synthetic, in Victoria.
It is often said that the law plays "catch up" to technological advances. Recent media suggests that this situation also applies to drug laws, such as the DPCSA and advances in synthetic drugs.
This means that the the legality of a synthetic drug that someone possesses or distributes in Victoria is arguably unclear unless you:
know (or have pharmaceutically tested) the "drugs" that "make up" the synthetic drug; and
have cross-checked each "drug" in the synthetic drug against Schedule 11 of the DPCSA.
Hope this helps!