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  • Alex Wok

Recreational Marijuana


  • Currently, the penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis are not severe. Each state's laws are as follows:

  • SA, NT, ACT: possession of less than 50 grams can result $100 - $200 fines;

  • WA: Possession of 10g or less will require one to attend a mandatory one-on-one counselling session;

  • NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS: Possession and use of cannabis is a criminal offence. However, it is unlikely that anyone caught will be convicted, with the courts preferring to give a court warning (section 10) which does not carry any punitive penalties, and does not appear on the criminal record.

  • The above events have spurred discussion about whether recreational cannabis should be legalised, with research polls showing that support for legalisation in Australia has reached all time highs (43% for, 32% against).


Should cannabis be legalised for recreational use & regulated in a Similar way to alcohol?


  1. Marijuana Policy Project, 'Marijuana is safer than alcohol, it’s time to treat it that way'

  2. Huffington Post, 'The exhaustive list of everyone who has died of a Marijuana overdose'; & ABC,'15 Australians die each day from alcohol-related illnesses, consumption of wine on the increase: study'

  3. Medical Marijuana, 'Cannabis used for stress relief.'

  4. Huff post, 'Legalising Medicinal Cannabis Could Propel An Australian Industry Worth $100 Million, Study Finds'

  5. The Conversation, 'Will legal marijuana lead to more addicts? Probably not'

  6. LY Lawyers, 'The Pros and Cons of Legalising Marijuana in Australia?'

  7. Courier Mail, 'Legalising marijuana would have huge benefits for the Australian economy, while cutting criminals out of the drug supply'

  8. LY Lawyers, 'The Pros and Cons of Legalising Marijuana in Australia?'

  9. Brisbane Times, 'Long term of effects of cannabis use need to be considered, expert warns'

  10. The New York Times, 'Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants'

  11. Daily Telegraph, 'Teens who smoke cannabis more likely to move on to harder substances'

  12. Better Health Victoria; 'Cannabis (marijuana)'

  13. The Australian, 'Thinking is warped on cannabis legalisation'

  14. Science Daily, 'Low-dose THC can relieve stress; more does just the opposite'