Weed is now legal Down Under (sorta)

The nation’s capital of Canberra voted on Tuesday to legalize recreational weed

By Kieran Delamont

2019-09-26

It’s official. Weed is legal in Australia. Part of it, anyway. 

It’s not the full federal legalization that activists were hoping for, but the nation’s capital of Canberra voted on Tuesday to legalize recreational weed in the Australian Capital Territory.

The law will allow citizens to possess up to 50 grams of dried cannabis. And to grow two plants per person, or four per household. The law takes effect January 31, 2020. 

But as in the U.S., it all could lead to conflict with the federal government. In their eyes, pot is still illegal, like same-sex marriage was in 2013. That’s when the feds took Canberra to court and got them to reverse its law allowing same-sex marriage. (The legal challenge was short-lived, and the country legalized same-sex marriage federally a few years later.)

So while legalization advocates are definitely sparking one up in celebration, it’s unclear what the federal government will do. 

The country only approved medical marijuana laws in 2016. So those hoping to see rec weed Down Under soon better cross their fingers the federal government sees the writing on the wall and gets out of the way.

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