In a historic vote Tuesday night Canberra lawmakers approved a bill legalizing marijuana for everyone 18 and older, reports CNN. Canberra is located in the Australia Capital Territory.
The law, which goes into effect on January 31, legalizes the personal possession of up to 50 grams (or one and three quarters ounce) of cannabis and the private cultivation of up to two marijuana plants (or up to four per household if more than one adult is living there).
The change makes the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) the first of Australia’s six states and two main territories to legalize marijuana for personal use. As noted by CNN, drug laws differ depending on the state or territory. Under the ACT’s current law, cultivating one or two cannabis plants or possessing 50g (1.76 ounces) of cannabis carries a possible 160 Australian dollar fine ($108), while possessing more than 50g (1.76 ounces) of cannabis carries a maximum 8,000 Australian dollar fine or two years in prison — or both.
According to the Australian government, marijuana is the country’s most widely-used illicit drug. In the 2017-2018 financial year, there were over 72,000 cannabis-related arrests made in Australia — and 92% of those arrested