Australia Continues To Strive For Marijuana Decrim

Australia Continues To Strive For Marijuana Decrim
Posted by FoM on November 05, 1999 at 08:44:47 PT
NORML's Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
Nov. 4, 1999, Canberra, Australia: The steady move toward the decriminalization of marijuana for personal use is continuing its rise in Australia, where public support for reform is strong. 
A recent study in Australia shows about 75 percent of the citizens support the decriminalization of marijuana for personal use. Seventy percent supported treatment instead of incarceration.  Provincial leaders are responding too. In Queensland, Premier Peter Beattie has proposed permitting personal use of marijuana (up to 500 grams) to avoid criminal prosecution. Marijuana users who are found in possession of lower than 500 grams would be subject to a rehabilitation course.  Other provinces and territories have already approved similar plans. Currently, South Australia allows for up to three marijuana plants, the Northern Territory allows two plants or 50 grams, Australian Capitol Territory has a 25 gram limit, Victoria and Tasmania have a 50 gram cut-off and New South Wales has a 15 gram limit.  In Victoria, the Health Minister John Thwaites said this week that the government would further decriminalize marijuana for personal use. Thwaites' plan would subject marijuana smokers to a $100 fine for smoking in public.  "For the better part of 30 years, despite conducting numerous government studies, reports and commissions in favor of marijuana law reform, Australia has resisted changing the legal status of marijuana due to U.S. pressure," said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. "It appears that resistance is finally crumbling."  For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director at (202) 483-8751. Related Articles:NORML's News Bulletin: News NORML Related Articles: Smoking To Be Decriminalised - 11/01/99 Australians Want Marijuana Decriminalised - 11/01/99 
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Comment #3 posted by Simon Cootes on May 01, 2001 at 01:27:14 PT:
school assignment
i would like to know if it is legal to grow Marijuana in Canberra ACT Australia and if so what are the rules and regulations for it.
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Comment #2 posted by michael on June 22, 2000 at 19:58:53 PT:
dui cannabis
On the 12th june I was pulled over near Nowra on the south coast, the cop searched my van, took my mix and escorted me to Nowra hospital where they took blood and urine samples. Hence now I'm up on a dui cannabis charge. Were're talking a major hassle here. Has this happened to you or anyone you know, can anyone out there in cyberspace help me?? If so please email me asap.
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Comment #1 posted by ronnie on November 07, 1999 at 15:11:53 PT
i am doing a school assignment could i get some helpful information about cannabis in australia.
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