Australia is a country with a rich history and culture, and this extends to its laws and regulations on marijuana. Cannabis is an interesting topic in Australia, as it’s still illegal in the majority of states, but the laws are evolving over time. We’ve put together a state by state guide to cannabis in Australia to help you make sense of it.
New South Wales is the most populous state in Australia and it has been very lenient on marijuana since its decriminalization in 1982. Possession of small amounts (less than three grams) is legal, but the cultivation and supply has remained illegal.
Victoria is more restrictive on marijuana than other states. Possession and use are illegal, and the cultivation and supply may incur harsher penalties.
Queensland is more liberal on marijuana than other states. Possession of small amounts (less than fifty grams) is legal, and the cultivation and supply of up to two plants is allowed for personal use. People in Queensland are also allowed to legally possess and use cannabis medical products and products with a low THC concentration.
Western Australia is unique in that the possession of up to twenty grams of cannabis is legal, but the cultivation and supply are still illegal.
South Australia and the Northern Territory are both more permissive, as possession of up to twenty-five grams and one plant at home is legal, and people are allowed to use medical cannabis products with a prescription from a doctor. The supply of marijuana is still not allowed.
The Australian Capital Territory is the most lenient, as the possession, cultivation and supply of up to two plants is now legal, and the territory is one of the few places in the world where residents can legally acquire and use cannabis for recreational purposes.
Overall, the laws surrounding cannabis use and possession vary greatly from state to state in Australia. While the use of marijuana is still generally illegal throughout Australia, the laws are slowly evolving in some states. It’s important to be aware of the laws in your area and take the necessary precautions if marijuana is part of your life.