From Saturday 28 October, maximum penalties for possessing small amounts of some illegal drugs for personal use will be reduced.
In most cases a person will be given the choice between:
- attending a health education and information session
- paying a $100 fine.
If the person does either of these things, no further action will be taken.
Police will still confiscate drugs and will retain the power to summons or arrest an individual to appear before a court, including if the person does not attend the health session or pay the fine.
If the matter goes to court, a $160 fine can be issued with a potential criminal conviction.
It is at the discretion of police which course of action will be undertaken.
Police will also retain the discretion to caution an individual and take no further action.
Police can still arrest someone for other illegal behaviour that occurs while they are in possession or under the influence of drugs.
More information about the changes is available on the ACT drug law reforms webpage.