Amidst discussions surrounding the global climate crisis, the ACT legislative assemble has passed a bill which will see the possession of cannabis legalised for the first time in Australian history.
As of 31 January 2020, people in the State of the ACT will legally be able to possess up to 50 grams of Marijuana for personal use. The new suite of legislation will also permit resident to grow two Marijuana plants each, for personal use.
This decision reflects the ACT’s Attorney Generals views that drug addiction should be treated as a health issue rather than an issue of “right and wrong”. While this attitude seems to be increasingly reflected in drug laws adopted by developed nations, some say the new laws will have “perverse outcomes”.
One argument in opposition of the new law is that there may be issues in relation to police understanding the legislative framework due to inconsistencies between state and federal law. Another is the potential for increase in instances where people are convicted of driving under the influence or increased rates of psychological diseases associated with marijuana abuse.
Despite these issues, the historical prohibition of cannabis has had limited triumph with marijuana being widely consumed and easily accessible despite its criminal status.
Only time will tell the consequences that this new law will have. A review has been scheduled to be conducted within 3 years.
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This article was co-authored by Law Cadet, Bill McLaughlin.
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