Australian capital legalises recreational marijuana

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25th September, 2019 03:46:44 printer

Australian capital legalises recreational marijuana


Australia's capital has become the first part of the country to legalise recreational marijuana for personal use.

The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted on Wednesday to legalize possession by adults of up to 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of dried marijuana and cultivation of two marijuana plants beginning January 31, reports AP.

The assembly is the local government of Canberra, the national capital with a population of 400,000.

The law requires that adults not use marijuana near children and to store it out of their reach. Owners cannot sell or supply their marijuana to anyone else.

Households are limited to growing no more than four plants, regardless of the number of occupants.

Attorney General Gordon Ramsay said it was time to treat drug addiction as a health issue rather than an issue of "right and wrong."

The opposition voted against the legislation, arguing that the change would encourage more people to use marijuana and lead to more drug-induced psychosis.

Medical marijuana has been available in Australia to patients with doctors' prescriptions since 2017.

The Australian Capital Territory is renowned for its liberal policies toward illicit drugs. In April, Canberra hosted Australia's first pill-testing facility at a music festival so that drug users could have their illicit substances analyzed for unexpected contaminates before taking them.