The popularity of marijuana is on the rise. It has evolved in the last few decades, and the industry is expected to grow more in the coming years. The popularity has led to the acceptance and legalisation of marijuana among different parts of the globe. In a first, Australia’s capital city, Canberra, legalised marijuana for personal use.
It is the first city in the country to take this step and legalise the recreational profession and cultivation of marijuana. The landmark decision was taken on the 25th of September, on Wednesday. The voting was done on Tuesday night, i.e., on the 24th of September. The lawmakers in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) voted in favour and passed the bill.
Cannabis is one of the most widespread prohibited drugs in Australia. But according to the Australian Institue of Health and Welfare (AIHF), it was the second most common drug which led to the accidental deaths in 2016.
After months of debate over the issue, it has finally been legalised.
Key Highlights of the new law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
- As per the new legislation proposed by Labor lawmaker Michael Petterson, residents over 18 years of age can possess 50 grams of dried marijuana or dry cannabis.
- Residents in Canberra can legally possess 150 grams of wet marijuana according to the new law.
- They can grow two plants per person or four per household.
- Cannabis plants cannot be grown in public.
- Plants should not be accessible to children.
- Under the commonwealth law, cannabis will still remain a prohibited substance.
- Commonwealth law doesn’t allow the use of cannabis for personal use. Under this law, the police officers have the power to arrest someone with cannabis.
- You cannot consume cannabis or marijuana in public or at any place where children are present.
The new law will come into effect from the 31st of January 2020. It will be legal after that. However, you can still be arrested under Commonwealth Law. Therefore, you have to keep in mind the rules mentioned above if you’re considering to grow marijuana at your home after it gets legalised.
There is a conflict between the law by ACT and the laws enacted by the Australian’s Parliament. There are chances that the Australian Parliament Law, which prohibits marijuana, may overrule the law by ACT. This had happened in the past when ACT legalised same-sex marriage. In the year 2013, ATC legalised same-sex marriage. But, that law was taken down after a decision by the Australian High Court.
The legalisation of marijuana or medical marijuana has been a hot topic of debate. Various people are in favour of legalising it, stating that it would add to the economy. However, many people are against the decision of legalising marijuana, saying that it could be harmful.
The law for the use of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes was passed in 2016. The number of people who used it for medical reasons increased extensively after it was legalised. The times are changing, and now it has been legalised for personal use.