Australia: ACT Limits Cannabis Cultivation

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: The number of marijuana plants that citizens may legally cultivate in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will be reduced from five to two, under statewide legislative changes taking effect this weekend. The changes amend the ACT’s Simple Cannabis Notice Scheme, which decriminalizes the use and possession of minor amounts of cannabis.

Other changes to the ACT’s law include an increase in criminal penalties for the sale of commercial quantities of cannabis, as well as a ban on the cultivation of “hydroponically grown” marijuana.

Possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to two marijuana plants will remain a non-criminal offense. In 2004, the ACT Legislative Assembly enacted new legislation allowing for farmers to commercially grow hemp for industrial purposes.

In recent years, several Australian territories – including Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Victoria – have adopted similar marijuana depenalization policies.

For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano at (202) 483-5500.