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NCJ Number: 149834 Find in a Library
Title: Report on Cannabis and the Law in Queensland
Corporate Author: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 175
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD, 4002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7242-5874-4
Sale Source: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
P.O. Box 137
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report focuses on the law in Queensland (Australia) as it relates primarily to the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use. Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the country and prompts the most heated debates about possible changes to the law.
Abstract: In developing its recommendations, the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission believes that the law in relation to cannabis must be based on a realistic assessment of the harms caused by the drug, should be consistent with established legal principles, must conform with Australia's international legal obligations, must have a basic level of public support, and must be practical. This report summarizes available evidence relating to the extent of cannabis use in Queensland and the short-term, public safety, and health effects of cannabis use. The report describes current law and practice in Queensland, noting that, in contrast to other Australian jurisdictions, drug legislation in Queensland does not make separate provision for lower-scale offenses. Another chapter identifies international drug conventions that are relevant to cannabis, the obligations that they impose, and the consequent limitations for domestic law in Australia. The two following chapters examine community views about current cannabis laws in Queensland and review the available legislative options, namely legalization, retention of the existing law, or introduction of a cannabis expiation notice scheme. The recommended approach would consist of the creation of simple possession and cultivation offenses, special provisions for minor cases, and abolition of the cannabis paraphernalia offense. 8 tables, 37 notes, 40 references, and 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Drug laws
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime prevention planning; Drug legalization; Foreign courts; Foreign laws; Marijuana
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