Weed in Victoria – Australia Series

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This is part 5 of our 8 part series exploring weed in Australia. We’re talking about weed in Victoria, Australia’s second-smallest state behind Tasmania.

Although small in comparison to most other states in Australia, Victoria is roughly the same size as the United Kingdom. Victoria’s weed laws are around the halfway mark in Australia. Not as strict as some, but definitely not as liberal as others (looking at you ACT).

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Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee the accuracy of this article at the time of reading. We take no responsibility for any inaccurate information.

Weed Laws Victoria

In Victoria, Australia, cannabis quantities for possession are defined as:

QuantityCategory
Up to 50 gramsSmall Quantity
250 grams or over, or 10 plantsTrafficable Quantity
25 kilograms or over, or 100 plantsCommercial Quantity
250 kilograms or over, or 1000 plantsLarge Commercial Quantity

If you are caught with less than 50 grams of weed in Victoria, and it’s deemed for personal use, then this will carry a fine only.

Possession of more than 50 grams, but less than 250 grams may not be considered a trafficable quantity, but it is still more serious than having under 50 grams.

Using cannabis is a separate offense in Victoria. For example, if a police officer catches you smoking a joint in a park, and they find you with 40 grams of cannabis on you, you will be charged with using and possession. These two charges may result in up to 10 penalty units. At the time of writing, this would equate to $1655 AUD, or roughly $1200 USD.

Drug trafficking is much more serious, resulting in up to 25 years in prison, and potentially a $495,000 AUD fine.

What’s Next for Victoria?

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Victoria, or more specifically Melbourne, has attained the artsy-liberal stereotype within Australia. They have lost the opportunity of being known as the first Australian region to legalize fully, with ACT taking the crown at the start of 2020. They could very well be the second, however, with the states strong preference for the center-left Labor state government, as well as a modest representation by The Greens party.

This isn’t a suggestion that Victoria is looking to legalize weed for recreational use, unfortunately, but rather a guess. This guess is sadly due to all other states and territories inaction, rather than Victoria’s action.

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