'I Won't Be Partaking': Scott Morrison Jokes As Cannabis Possession Becomes Legal In ACT
Canberrans are now legally allowed to possess up to 50 grams of cannabis and to grow two plants, after new laws that were passed in September have finally come into force.
While health authorities are rolling out the new campaign today, the ACT government maintains it's not encouraging the use of cannabis, calling the laws an "evolutionary change".
Prime Minister Scott Morrison joked he would not be partaking in the new changes, adding that the Commonwealth wouldn't intervene to overturn the laws.
"I've always been a federalist and states will make their own decisions according to their own priorities,"Morrison said.
"I would expect federal law enforcement agencies to enforce the law."
ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said people who used cannabis would be more likely to seek drug help under the new laws.
"This isn't about legalising and getting a system of sale going on, all we are doing is providing a legal excuse for adults,"Ramsay said.
"They are small changes. They are important changes."
However, it is understood authorities are still able to charge people for possession under federal law rather than ACT law.
The new laws mean Canberra locals who are older than 18 will be able use marijuana in their own homes, possess up to 50 grams of dried cannabis and grow two plants.
Additionally, a maximum of four plants can be grown per household but hydroponic set ups are still illegal.
Users are also warned that they cannot expose children to the drug or drive under the influence. It is also still illegal to buy seeds to grow the plants.