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Homeless to suffer if big fines introduced for smoking cannabis in public

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 their fine. Credit:Elesa Kurtz

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