Originally Posted by JKD
While it is an encouraging move forward I worry that the restrictions will make compliance difficult and unlikely. In that case it would allow opponents of legalization to claim that it doesn't work and drive a move back to illegality.
Two plants, sun and soil with no photo-period restriction (nothing 'artificial' as I understand it) with a 50 gram limit. 50 grams of cannabis a year? Or 100g max per household? If there is no genuine legal competitor to the black market I am dubious as to how this will succeed. Is it meant to?
The purpose of this law is only to take away legal consequences for personal use and possession. There was talk earlier in the year of retail allowances etc but I think they calculated it wouldn't pass like that. It's a baby step.
It has already had ramifications though. Tammy Franks from The South Australian Greens said today that she is going to put forward a bill to legalise cannabis to the South Australian parliament. This will be one to watch as the state of South Australia was the first state to decriminalise cannabis in 1987. They decriminalised possession of up to 50g in public and 500g at home and the cultivation of up to 10 plants on private porperty. The penalty was a $150 on the spot fine and seizure of the cannabis.
Unfortunately, in the early 2000's, conservative governments went all tough on law and order and cracked down on cultivation in SA. Now you can only grow 1 plant outdoors, no indoor allowed. It's still only a small fine for possession of up to 500g in your home though.
This bill is to legalise it. No idea in what way yet but as you can see above, the decriminalised amounts in SA are not too shabby. The problem in SA now will be that we currently have a conservative government in power that is very "anti-drug". High chance it won't pass in other words but fingers crossed, you never know.