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 a maximum of two plants in the territory of the capital is legal

ACT becomes the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalize personal use of cannabis after new laws come into force on Friday. As of today, January 31, 2020, it is legal to smoke a joint in your living room in Canberra. Possessing 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, and neither can you give it to someone else.

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

En September last year, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass 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 should ensure that the plants are not accessible to the public or to 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. This is not the first time that the laws introduced by the territory collide with federal laws. Authorities have warned, however, that Australia's new captive territory laws conflict with federal law. 

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The federal government has said it does not support the new cannabis laws in the Australian Capital Territory and could use the Australian Federal Police to enforce Commonwealth law. 

Under the new laws, residents of Canberra can own 50g of dry cannabis or 150g of non-dried cannabis. Whereas last week, if an adult was caught with a plant, he would be fined $ 160, as of Friday he will not have a penalty. On the other hand, people who share a joint or give their friends any amount of cannabis commit the offense of "providing a prohibited substance" which can carry a maximum penalty of $ 80000 and / or five years in prison. 

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the change symbolizes a shift in 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. 

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“The War on Drugs has created and maintained a level of stigma around drug use in general and it 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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