Steve Price has revealed that he was arrested by police some 40 years ago and charged with drug possession for smoking marijuana.
The conservative-leaning Project panelist revealed the surprising details when he expressed his opposition to a national push by the Greens to legalize recreational cannabis.
The campaign, led by doctor and state green MP Tim Read, also calls on the government to decriminalize small amounts of other drugs.
Price claimed he wanted to tell his story about his arrest to prove he was not a “raging hypocrite” when it came to knocking off the Greens.
Journalist and project panelist Steve Price (pictured) has revealed he was arrested and charged with drug possession in the late 1970s after being caught smoking marijuana
“I hate what drugs do to people, but I wouldn’t admit what happened in the dim, dark past when I was in my early twenties,” he wrote in his Herald-Sun column.
“Somewhere in the file, in the guts of the South Australian police, I think there would be a folder with my name on it.”
Price, who still worked as a newspaper reporter, was caught by police smoking a joint with two others in a car in his name.
The officers discovered marijuana “in a plastic bag in the glove compartment” in Price’s vehicle, parked outside a hotel where a work function was being held.
Price was arrested, charged with drug possession and had to appear in the South Australian Magistrates’ Court on the case.
He said in his Herald-Sun column that he “was able to intercept the warrant with the indictment and court date mailed to my parents’ house” – meaning his mother had no idea.
Price explained that he was only fined and not given any other fine. “Can you imagine me appearing today on suspicion of drugs? The internet would go down,” he added.
Price (pictured with co-host Carrie Bickmore) was caught smoking marijuana by police. He faced the South Australian Magistrates’ Court but was fined
He revealed the story to criticize Greens MP Tim Read (center) and his attempt to legalize marijuana and decriminalize small amounts of other drugs
Price’s co-host of The Project, Carrie Bickmore, announced that she was leaving current affairs this week to spend more time with her family.
The TV host fought back tears when she told viewers it was the hardest decision she’s had to make in her professional life earlier this week.
The Gold Logie winner has been on The Project desk since the program’s launch in 2009 and has since become a familiar face on Australian screens.
“I’ve got news to share…I’m already crying,” she began.
“I made the difficult decision to host the show at the end of the year.
“It was the hardest decision in my professional life to make this call, but it’s time for a new challenge and for my next chapter.”
Carrie Bickmore (pictured on The Project on Tuesday night) has announced that she is leaving The Project so she can spend more time with her family
Bickmore said she was going to miss her “friends at the desk” – no doubt including Price – and the “great viewers” who have supported the show for more than a decade.
“It’s no secret that this show has become a second home to me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has been involved on and off screen,” she said.
‘It’s been a long journey. I started the show when Ollie, my son, was one, and he’s 15 now, which is crazy. And I want to spend more time at home.
Bickmore has been on The Project desk since the program first launched in 2009
Bickmore (pictured on the Logies in 2019) said leaving The Project was the hardest decision she’s had to make in her professional career
“I want to have more family dinners. I watch the show at home with a glass of wine in hand. I just wanted to say a huge thank you.
“It’s been an incredible privilege.”
Bickmore said that while she loved her “fulfilling” job, she wanted to know who she was without The Project.
“This show is so in my DNA and I don’t know who I am without,” she said.