Originally Posted by Cone Head
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise recreational cannabis. It is still illegal under federal law though so will be a bit of a test as to how it works in reality. Great start though, hopefully other Australian sates can follow suite.
Canada has fully legalised cannabis at the federal level, so I am not sure what the "commonwealth" issue has to do with it? Unless that refers to "the Commonwealth of Australia", as I guess it must.
The beauty of common law (of which virtually all English speaking countries, except
Scotland uses) is that it makes law, in one way, by precedent or case law. So, since one Oz state has legalised cannabis, this has set precedence, so it would open the way for the whole of Australia to do likewise.
If one state does it, so will another, until all the dominoes fall. Soon, the Aussie federal government will come to its senses and will realise that "resistance is futile".