Population
23868800
Tolerance
8 / 10
Medical
Yes
Status
Illegal

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Medical

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On 24 February 2016, Australia legalised medicinal cannabis at the federal level.

Hemp

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The first record of common hemp seeds brought to Australia was with the First Fleet at the request of Sir Joseph Banks, who marked the cargo "for commerce" in the hope that hemp would be produced commercially in the new colony. For 150 years early governments in Australia actively supported the growing of hemp with gifts of land and other grants, and the consumption of cannabis in Australia in the 19th century was believed to be widespread.

Culture

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Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, with a reported one-third of all Australians aged 22 or older (33.5%, about 5.8 million) having tried cannabis and 1 million using it in the past year. It is estimated that 750,000 Australians use cannabis every week, and approximately 300,000 smoke it on a daily basis.


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History


  • Australia signed the International Hague Convention on Narcotics

    1913

    And extended importation controls over drugs other than opium
  • Australia banned cannabis

    1926

  • Victoria passed the Poisons Act and became the first state to control cannabis

    1928-10-13

  • Australia legalised medicinal cannabis at the federal level

    2016-02-24

    The Australian parliament passed new national laws paving the way for the use of medicinal cannabis by people with painful and chronic illness.

  • 2017 Global Marijuana March

    2017-05-05

    Nimbin, Australia. May 5-7, 2017.


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