I am so happy to see that cannabis reform is slowly emerging in Australia. I fear though that we will have the same problems here as the United States where there is no federal or nationwide regulations. Even though the ACT has legalised cannabis for personal use, there are many stipulations and the Commonwealth law still regards cannabis as an illegal substance.
But at least this is one step forward!
The ACT has become the first Australian jurisdiction to legalise the possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis. The laws passed the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, allowing possession of up to 50 grams per person and a maximum of four plants per household.
They will come into effect from January 31, 2020; however, the legislation conflicts with Commonwealth laws prohibiting the possession of cannabis.
“This does not entirely remove the risk of people being arrested under Commonwealth law, and we are being up front with the community about that.”