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From: email@example.com Newsgroups: alt.drugs Subject: Cannabis Laws in South Australia Message-ID: <1993Jun8.firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 8 Jun 93 01:31:03 GMT Thought you might be interested in the following: (This applies only to South Australia, which along with the ACT, has the most liberal MJ laws in the country.) THE LAWS RELATING TO POSSESSION AND SUPPLY OF CANNABIS (reproduced without permission) Canabis is a prohibited plant in South Australia. Cultivating, selling, dealing, possessing, smoking, or consuming the products of this plant (which includes marijuana, cannabis resin and cannabis oil) is an offence under the Controlled Substances Act, 1984. However, within South Australia there exists a penalty system of expiation fees issued by police for simple offences relating to the personal possession and use of marijuana and canabis resin by adults. Payment of the expiation fee within 60 days results in the offender avoiding a criminal conviction. EXPIABLE OFFENCES. The penalties are as follows: Possession of cannabis - less than 25 g $50 - 25 g or more but less than 100 g $150 Possession of cannabis resin - less than 5 g $50 - 5 g or more but less than 20 g $150 Smoking or consumption of cannabis or cannabis resin in a private place $50 Possession of equipment for smoking or consumption of cannabis or cannabis resin $50 If an equipment offence is accompanied by another possession, smoking or consumption offence $10 Cultivation of cannabis plants - 10 plants or less $150 (provided the cannabis is for the grower's own use and not for sale or supply) However, if the quantity of cannabis (eg 10 very large plants) leads police to suspect that the grower may be supplying others (ie more cannabis than could possibly be used by the grower) a commercial cultivation charge may be laid, requiring a court appearance. If the court is satisfied that the plants were to used solely for the grower's own smoking or consumption, then a maximum penalty of $500 applies. - In addition, a Victims of Crime Levy ($5) accompanies each offence. - Expiation Notices can be legally issued only to persons over the age of 18 years. If the offender disagrees with any aspect of the charge, he/she can elect to go to court and defend the case rather than pay the expiation fee. NON-EXPIABLE OFFENCES All offences relating to cannabis oil are non-expiable and are dealt with by the courts. A personal possession charge will incur a penalty not exceeding $2000 or 2 years imprisonment or both. Smoking and consumption in a public place (which includes a motor vehicle) carries a maximum fines of $500 and is accompanied by a criminal conviction. Driving under the influence of cannabis is also an offence under the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (penalties are the same as those issued for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol). Personal possession and/or smoking of cannabis by anyone under 18 years is dealt with by the either the Children's Aid Panel or the Children's Court under the Child Protection and Young Offenders Act, 1979. Personal possession involving 100 grams or more of cannabis or 20 grams or more of cannabis resin requires the offender to go to court risking conviction and facing a maximum fine of $500. Commercial cultivation, sale and supply. A person knowingly possessing more than 100 grams or more of cannabis or 20 grams or more of cannabis resin or cultivating more than 10 cannabis plants, is deemed to do so for the purpose of sale or supply to another, in the absence of proof to the contrary. The maximum penalties for the trafficking of any amount of cannabis (no matter how small the amount) are as follows: cannabis less than 10 kg > $50,000 cannabis resin less than 2.5 kg > and/or 10 yrs cultivation less than 100 plants > imprisonment cannabis 10 kg or more > $500,000 cannabis resin 2.5 kg or more > and 25 yrs cultivation 100 plants or more > imprisonment Sale and supply to a child. More severe penalties apply for the sale or supply of cannabis to children (under 18 years). The maximum penalties are as follows: cannabis less than 10 kg > $100,000 cannabis resin less than 2.5 kg > and/or 15 yrs imprisonment cannabis 10 kg or more > $100,000 cannabis resin 2.5 kg or more > and/or 15 yrs imprisonment The same penalties apply for the possession of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply to another person within a school zone (ie the grounds of a school and within 500 metres of the boundary) or any other area prescribed by the Controlled Substances Act. - The courts may also sieze any property, assets and profits gained from trafficking. - In Australia, the Customs Act (Commonwealth) prohibits the possession, importation and exportation of cannabis. _______________________________________________________________________ Reference Information Sheet Number 12 Cannabis Laws Drug and Alcohol Services Council 161 Greenhill Road, Parkside, South Aust. 5063 Disclaimer: The above is presented for the sole purpose of providing information for intelligent debate, any in no way reflects any use or possession of any illegal substance by this poster. Any uptight, religious, moral crusading arsehole who doubts this may kindly go and fuck themselves. Paul A. Hermsen. email@example.com