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No arrests, fines or stigma. Why we should legalise cannabis in Canberra

The first time I used cannabis I was 19 years old and excited to try something new. I had one pot brownie and fell asleep in the back of a movie theatre. The only attention I drew that day was from fellow cinema patrons.

My experience with cannabis did not result in the attention of law enforcement. For many, this is not the case. Canberrans still face the real prospect of a criminal conviction and jail time for their cannabis consumption.

Michael Pettersson's bill would enable adults to legally possess 50g of cannabis and grow a small number of plants naturally for personal use. Credit:Max Mason-Hubers