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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 12. June 16, 1971

Cabinet rejects drug legislation

Cabinet rejects drug legislation.

It is rumoured in well-informed circles that Cabinet has rejected the Police Department-sponsored legislation to make it a crime to consort with known drug users. The legislation was strongly opposed by the Health Department, and received only luke-warm support from the Minister of Justice, Mr. Riddiford, whose Department had opposed the introduction of such legislation. The Police had been pushing for legislation on the topic for some time, but the unexpectedly strong opposition spoiled what had appeared to be a fait accompli after Mr. Marshall's statement in the Sunday Times last month, in which he said that the legislation was due to be introduced this session.