Western Australia: Decrim Policy To Become Law

Perth, Australia: The Western Australia Parliament approved legislation this week ratifying the state’s long-standing practice of “cautioning” minormarijuana offenders. Under the new law, individuals who possess up to 30 grams of marijuana and/or two plants will no longer face criminal arrest, but will instead have to pay a small fine. Repeated offenders, however, may face criminal penalties.

Law enforcement officials in Western Australia had begun cautioning minor marijuana offenders on a trial basis in 1998. Over the past decade, most Australian states have enacted some form of marijuana decriminalization.

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