The ACT has the harshest drug driving laws in Australia, according to the ACT Law Society.
Canberrans who smoke a joint and drive the next day could face the same penalties as the drunkest drivers, even if the drug is legalised, an ACT parliamentary inquiry has heard. The ACT Law Society says the ACT has the harshest drug driving penalties in Australia, and has expressed doubts about how the laws will interact with a proposal to legalise cannabis for personal use. The soci
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Photo: ACT Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury said there would be no softening of drug driving laws. (ABC News: James Carmody) Canberra's legal fraternity has called for a relaxing of drug driving laws if cannabis is legalised in the ACT, saying the consequences are often too harsh and "disproportionate" to the level of impairment. Key points: A small amount of cannabis in the system currently results in the same punishment as an alcohol reading of 0.15 It is currently not
Rough sleepers could be needlessly criminalised by plans to fine people up to $4800 for smoking cannabis in public if the drug is legalised, lawyers have warned. A Legislative Assembly inquiry is under way into a private members bill from Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson to legalise small amounts of cannabis for person use. Program manager and solicitor at Street Law, Farzana Choudhury, said cannabis users have suffered harsh consequences because of their inability to pay
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A few years ago, a 68-year-old Bunbury woman (who wished to remain anonymous) would have been terrified at the thought of consuming cannabis. Now, she can’t imagine life without it. A 68-year-old Bunbury woman is calling for the Australian government to legalise cannabis.Credit:AP/ NOAH BERGER The woman, who was diagnosed with epilepsy 20 years ago, started using cannabis on a regular basis in 2014, after watching a documentary on television about the positive effects of cann
Shelby was having up to 60 seizures a day before being given CBD oil as a treatment. (Nine/Supplied) In the eyes of the government Dannielle Luttrell is a criminal. Why? Because she openly admits to growing her own cannabis to make CBD oil. Ms Luttrell told nine.com.au she uses the product to treat her permanently disabled son, 10, who had been suffering up to 60 seizures each day before she started treating him with CBD oil. Shelby is diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia. (Ni
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A drug researcher has suggested the cannabis bill be amended to allow social growing clubs to be set up. Credit: Rohan Thomson
Cannabis-smoking Canberrans should be able to join clubs where gardeners can cultivate their cannabis crops for them, a Legislative Assembly inquiry has been told.
Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson's private member's bill would legalise cannabis possession under 50 grams and allow users to grow up to four plants.
The government has foreshadow
Former independent health minister. Michael Moore says the Simple Cannabis Offence Notice was born out of pragmatism and if he could have legalised cannabis in the same way Michael Pettersson wants to he would have. Credit:Jamila Toderas A former politician who helped to decriminalise cannabis in the ACT says the fine scheme he helped to introduce should go, and he would have legalised the drug nearly 30 years ago if he could have. Former independent health minister Michael M