It is now legal to grow and smoke recreational cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory

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Today, the possession and personal use of cannabis, as well as the cultivation of up to two plants on the territory of the capital are legal

The ACT becomes the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalize the personal use of cannabis after the new laws came into force on Friday. As of today, January 31, 2020, it is legal to smoke a joint in your living room in Canberra. Having up to 50 grams for personal use is absolutely nothing to worry about. And you can grow up to two plants in your garden if you live in the Australian Capital Territory. However, you cannot sell your production, nor can you give it to someone else.

Cannabis advocates across the country salute ACT Labor MPP Michael Pettersson and the steps he has taken to transform an illegal plant in 12 months into a legal substance for recreational use.

En September last year, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to adopt legislation to legalize the personal use of cannabis.

Adults can grow two plants per person and four per household, with a limit of 150 grams of “wet” cannabis. Users must ensure that the plants are not accessible to the public or children. But unlike other jurisdictions around the world, including Canada and parts of the United States, the sale or supply of cannabis remains a criminal offense. It is not the first time that the laws introduced by the territory have collided with federal laws. Authorities, however, have warned that Australia's new captive territory laws conflict with federal law.

The federal government has stated that it does not support the new cannabis laws in the Australian Capital Territory and may use the Australian federal police to enforce Commonwealth law.

Under the new laws, residents of Canberra can own 50 g of dry cannabis or 150 g of undried cannabis. Whereas last week, if an adult was caught with a plant, he would be fined $ 160, as of Friday, he would have no penalty. On the other hand, people who share a joint or give their friends any amount of cannabis commit the offense of “supply of a prohibited substance” which can result in a maximum penalty of $ 80000 and / or five years in prison.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the change symbolizes an evolution of the jurisdiction's approach to drug reform.

“I think it reflects the values ​​of this community that we want our law enforcement to focus on organized crime and the large-scale production of illicit drugs and that we don't want to penalize or stigmatize users, especially small recreational users, ”he said. SBS News.

Dr. Nicole Lee of the National Drug Research Institute supports the change and says it will be easier for people who use drugs to seek help.

"The war on drugs has created and maintained a level of stigma around drug use in general and will continue as long as the criminalization of drug use continues," Dr Lee told SBS News.

One of the main benefits of decriminalization and legalization is that it moves from a criminal justice issue to a health and human rights issue.

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