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New green dawn: Advocates hope ACT's cannabis laws pave way for open market

Advocates have welcomed Canberra's contentious new cannabis regime, hoping it sparks a broader public discussion about drug law reform and paves the way for an open market for the substance. But critics have again sounded the alarm about the changes, warning of the harm they could cause to young Canberrans.

Bayden Motte was among a small group cannabis advocates to gather outside the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday morning to mark the commencement of the territory new drug laws.

Friday marked the commencement of the territory's new cannabis laws, which allows adults to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants. A maximum of four plants per household is permitted.