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Location of Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the northeast; and New Zealand to the southeast.

Cannabis in Australia

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, with a reported one-third of all Australians aged 22 or older (33.5%, about 5.8 million) having tried cannabis and 1 million using it in the past year. It is estimated that 750,000 Australians use cannabis every week, and approximately 300,000 smoke it on a daily basis.[1]

Decriminalized for personal use in small amounts in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the Northern Territory. It is a criminal offense in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. In South Australia a person can legally grow 1 non-hydroponic plant, and 2 non-hydroponic plants may be grown on their own property for personal use. In the Northern Territory two non-hydroponic plants can be fined $200 with 28 days to pay rather than face criminal charge. Enforcement varies from state to state,[2] though a criminal conviction for possession of a small amount is unlikely and diversion programs in these states aim to divert offenders into education, assessment and treatment programs.[3] With the rapid expansion in hydroponically grown cannabis cultivation, the Australian Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act (1985) was amended in 2006, reducing the amount of cannabis grown indoors under hydroponic conditions that qualifies as a 'commercial quantity' or as a 'large quantity'[3]


Additional Resources


  1. Torch The Joint (September 20, 2010), Australian Broadcast Association
  2. Australia's cannabis laws (May 23, 2003), The Age
  3. 3.0 3.1 NCPIC Cannabis and the Law Factsheet (May 23, 2003), N.C.P.I.C.

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Australia and Oceania

Australia | Fiji | Indonesia | Kiribati | Marshall Islands | Federated States of Micronesia | Nauru | New Zealand | Palau | Papua New Guinea | Samoa | Solomon Islands | Tonga | Tuvalu| Vanuatu