Cannabis Laws & Offences

Summary of Cannabis Offences

An overview of offences and penalties under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (MDA) in relation to both minor and serious cannabis offences in Western Australia (WA) is available, updated at 31 March 2013.

It summarises the provisions contained in the various schedules to the MDA which set out the amounts of cannabis and how these determine place of trial and seriousness of offence (ie possession with intent to sell or supply).

Click here to view or download a PDF version (29k) of this paper.

Cannabis Law Reforms

Click here to go to a page which has publications, information, research reports and details of reforms concerned with minor cannabis offences in WA, which have occurred since the late 1990s.

It should be noted the three reforms that are described do not fully represent policing of minor cannabis offences, as police possess a long-standing discretionary power in relation to trivial offences, which depending on the circumstances, may be exercised to informally caution a minor cannabis offender they had apprehended.