Australian Capital Territory Legalizes Recreational Cannabis; Federal AG Says It’s A ‘Dumb’ Move

By: Nina Zdinjak

The Australian Capital Territorylegalized recreational cannabis use last week by passing a landmark bill that allows residents over 18 to possess up to 50 grams of cannabis and to grow four plants at home, according to the BBC.

While medicinal cannabis was legalized in Australia back in 2016, recreational cannabis use remains illegal; there are ongoing fears that the ACT’s law could be overturned by the federal government.

The legislation is expected to come into effect Jan. 31. Until then, public consumption of cannabis in the region will remain against the law, the BBC said. 

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