This is an element 2 of our eight half sequence exploring weed in Australia. We’re speaking about weed in Queensland, Australia’s second-largest state behind Western Australia.
It’s so massive that if Queensland grew to become its personal nation, it will turn out to be the world’s 16th largest nation, simply behind Sudan and Indonesia. As far as its weed legal guidelines go, Queensland is comparatively relaxed supplied you’re solely possessing for private use. That stated, the likelihood nonetheless exists to spend over a decade in jail due to it.
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Weed Laws Queensland
Currently in Queensland, medical marijuana is authorized whereas leisure weed use will not be. Weed is a schedule 2 drug in Queensland, so supplying hashish can carry a most of 20 years in jail.
For private possession, weed in Queensland doubtless gained’t carry any jail time supplied you solely have a small quantity. From the Queensland authorities website:
“The quantity of medication concerned in the offence is a major issue. For instance, being discovered with a small quantity of hashish for private use is regarded way more leniently than possession of a number of baggage meant on the market.“
If you’re caught with a small quantity of hashish in Queensland, the doubtless consequence (though not assured) will likely be a drug diversion program. This program gives the offender skilled assist, and certain removes the potential for a legal report.
It does nonetheless additionally state in the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987 that the utmost jail sentence for possession of hashish is:
- 15 years – if the amount is lower than 500g of hashish
- 20 years – if the amount is bigger than 500g of hashish
So whilst you would possibly solely must undergo a drug diversion program for having a couple of grams of weed for private use, the likelihood remains to be legally there for spending as much as 15 years in jail.
Will Queensland Legalize Soon?
Queensland’s ideology is odd. It’s not solely a really massive state, but it surely additionally has a really distributed and decentralized inhabitants. In truth, it’s essentially the most decentralized state or territory in Australia. Roughly half of the inhabitants lives outdoors of the capital metropolis of Brisbane and its surrounds.
Up north you may have locations like Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, and Rockhampton which might be usually fairly conservative, and customarily vote that manner. Down south, nonetheless, there’s Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast that are usually a bit extra liberal (really possibly not the Gold Coast).
Queensland simply went by means of a state election, re-electing the middle-left Labor celebration. They didn’t have a particular stance on hashish, so it’s unlikely they are going to be trying to legalize quickly. The ACT legalizing in early 2020 undoubtedly put some stress on the remainder of Australia, however seeing an precise state (and never only a territory) would actually put the wheels in movement for the remainder of the nation to start out legalizing leisure hashish. Currently, I doubt QLD will likely be that first state.
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