New Labor bill would make using and growing cannabis legal in Canberra

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Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson will introduce a bill that would effectively legalise cannabis for personal use, when the ACT’s parliament resumes sitting this week.

It’s a private members bill, meaning it has not been signed off on by cabinet nor is it official ACT Labor policy.

The ACT decriminalised cannabis possession for amounts under 25g in 1992 through a scheme called the Simple Cannabis Offence Notice.

The scheme aimed to curb unnecessary involvement with the criminal justice system and reduce the cost of policing cannabis use.

The limit was later raised to 50g after it became apparent people were still being arrested, as cannabis was sold by the ounce which equates to about 28g.

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Source: https://ift.tt/2Os0BIW reposted by Cannabis News World . Original article by Katie Burgess

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