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26 Sep. 2019

ACT becomes first Australian jurisdiction to legalise cannabis for personal use

On Wednesday 25th September, the Australian Capital Territory passed legislation to become the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise cannabis for personal use.

The ABC reports, "The laws passed the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, allowing possession of up to 50 grams per person and a maximum of four plants per household. They will come into effect from January 31, 2020.

"It will also be possible for the Commonwealth to overrule the ACT, and seek to have the laws struck out as inconsistent with its own legislation."

This legislation allows ACT residents to have a maximum of two plants per person, and as the ABC mentioned 4 plants per household. This includes 150 grams wet cannabis, or 50 grams dry cannabis per person. 

Cannabinoid oil has been used for pain management and in children with epilepsy. 

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation explains, "THC has also been found to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as being able to prevent and reduce vomiting. Research is being conducted into CBD for its potential to treat epilepsy, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, some tumours, and drug dependency."