A drug conviction was appealed on the basis methylamphetamine was not a ‘prohibited drug’ at the relevant time. Regulations referred to the list of drugs in Schedule 1 of the Poisons Standard14. Shortly before the offence took place, however, Schedule 1 was repealed and the list relocated to Schedule 2. The court held that the regulations had adopted the Poisons Standard as a ‘code’. It was inconsistent with the legislative scheme not to adopt the clearly identified listing provision of the Poisons Standard merely because it was not in Schedule 1. The court rejected a literal and mechanistic outcome in favour of one conforming to the legislative purpose15.
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