Weeds in Northern Territory – Australia Sequence


This is part 1 of our 8-part series on weed research in Australia. First, we talk about weeds in the Northern Territory, Australia’s largest territory and third largest state or territory after Western Australia and Queensland.

It’s so big that if it broke away from the rest of Australia, it would become the 19th largest country in the world, between Mongolia and Peru. As for the weed laws, the Northern Territory is a little more laid back than most of Australia.

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Northern Territory weed laws

According to, having less than 50 grams (1.76 ounces) in your home will only result in a fine. Provided you only use weeds at home and don’t weigh more than 50 grams, weeds are effectively decriminalized in the Northern Territory. However, possession in public can result in incarceration.

For growth, the penalties are divided into non-marketable, marketable and commercial quantities. Less than 50 grams or less than 5 plants are not passable. Commercial is more than 500 grams or more than 20 plants, and anything in between is marketable.

Not marketable – 200 units of punishment or 2 years imprisonment. Traffic: 7 years Commercial – 25 years

The Northern Territory has a system of penal units that are equal to dollars and that changes every year or so with inflation. Currently, 200 penalty units is equal to A $ 31,600 ($ 22,500 at the time of writing).

Weed tourism for NT

Without going into too much detail (and because we may not be entirely right), the Northern Territory is a territory, not a state, mainly because it cannot financially support itself. With weed tourism and an additional industry, however, the funding gap could theoretically close.

This option was considered by the territory as tourism is already a large part of its economy. But because it’s a territory and not a state, the federal government has the power to overrule. Weeds are not federally legal in Australia, so the Northern Territory cannot take this route.

Tourism hotspots

If you’ve never visited the Northern Territory, you’re missing out. From Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) to Kakadu National Park to Alice Springs and Darwin, the Northern Territory has a lot to offer. With some weed, these experiences would be even better. Just as long as you don’t come across a crocodile. Or the police are not legal given the weeds in the Northern Territory.

With the recently legalized legalization of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), many people believe that it is only a matter of time before legalization slowly spreads across Australia, much like it did in the US. Unfortunately, New Zealand, which rejected legalization in October 2020, has likely eased some of that pressure.

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Beth Edmonds