Cannabis Law Reform

In 2018, I introduced the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The Bill provides amendments to reform the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 to allow for the personal use and possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis. It also allows individuals to cultivate up to four cannabis plants, as long as that cultivation is not artificial.

It’s important to note that penalties remain for the possession of cannabis above 50 grams, the cultivation of more than four plants and the cultivation of plants using artificial methods. It also remains illegal to sell or supply cannabis.

The 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 36% of Australians have used cannabis – that’s one in three Australians who have tried cannabis during their lifetime. I introduced this Bill because it was clear that the “just say no” approach has not stopped people from using cannabis. Instead, criminalising cannabis has made it harder for people to get the help that they need. Drug use is a public health issue, and our laws must reflect this.

Since cannabis was legalised data has shown that:  

  • There has been no increase in cannabis related hospital visits.
  • There has been no increase in drug driving offences.
  • Cannabis usage has remained the same.
  • Cannabis related offences have decreased by 90%.
  • This legalisation has freed up police and court time and saved taxpayer dollars.

If you would like to learn more about the Bill or watch my speech on the Bill then click the links below.