Weeds in New South Wales – Australia Sequence


This is part 3 of our 8-part series on weed research in Australia. We’re talking about weeds in New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia and home to the city of Sydney.

Although NSW is the third smallest state in Australia, it is still significantly larger than Texas, the largest state in the US in the lower 48th. New South Wales is California, Australia. In terms of weed laws, New South Wales is on the stricter end of the scale compared to the rest of the country. Globally, however, New South Whales’ weed laws are pretty relaxed.

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Possession of weeds in New South Wales

In New South Wales, police can legally search a person without arrest if they suspect the person is in possession of drugs.

In addition, they also have the option to search that person if they deem it necessary. The police have similar powers to search vehicles suspected of being drugs.

Like many other Australian states, New South Wales has a lower-level crime diversion program. For cannabis, if caught using it, be in possession of up to 15 gramsor possession of utensils (bong / pipe, etc.) then the police officer could take this route.

Trade in weed laws NSW

In NSW owned by more than 300 grams Cannabis is considered human trafficking. This is further divided into three categories, each with different maximum penalties.

IndictableCommercialLarge CommercialQuantity1kg25kg100kgFine (AUD) $ 220,000 $ 385,000 $ 550,000Jail10 years15 years20 years

Growing weeds in New South Wales

New South Wales law does not distinguish the size or sex of cannabis plants. In fact, it specifically states that:

“The penalty categories for growing cannabis depend on the number of plants, not their gender or size. The cultivation of 100 seedlings that can fit in a baking sheet is calculated in the same way as the cultivation of 100 mature female plants. Having 250 seedlings puts more stress on them than five large plants, although the weight of the large plants can be many times greater. “

SmallIndictableCommercialLarge CommercialQuantity (indoor) 5 plants50 plants50 plants200 plantsQuantity (outdoor) 5 plants50 plants250 plants1000 plantsFine (AUD) $ 5,500 $ 220,000 $ 385,000 $ 550,000Jail2 years10 years15 years20 years

What’s next for NSW cannabis?

New South Wales is a very urbanized state with over 80% of the people living either in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong or on the Central Coast. These four places are almost connected so that the state has 80% of its population in one area.

Despite this highly urbanized population, the center-right “liberal” party is very popular in the state. Gladys Berejiklian, the prime minister (similar to the US governor), is very much against drugs. If Australia doesn’t legalize cannabis at the federal level, NSW will likely have to vote for a legal weed chance in a Labor premiere. Even if that happens, Labor is not currently slated for legalization anyway. And the next elections won’t take place until 2023.

Continue reading:
The weed situation in Queensland


Beth Edmonds