Weeds in Queensland – Australia Sequence


This is part 2 of our 8-part series on weed research in Australia. We’re talking about weeds in Queensland, Australia’s second largest state after Western Australia.

It’s so big that if Queensland became its own country it would be the 16th largest country in the world, just behind Sudan and Indonesia. As for the weed laws, Queensland is relatively laid back provided you own it for your personal use only. Even so, there is still the possibility of spending more than a decade in prison.

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Queensland weed laws

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in Queensland, while recreational weed use is not legal. Weed is a List 2 drug in Queensland Cannabis delivery can take a maximum of 20 years in prison.

For personal belongings, Queensland weeds are unlikely to carry jail time provided you only have a small amount. From the Queensland Government website:

“The amount of drugs involved in the crime is a major factor. For example, being found with a small amount of cannabis for personal use is far more lenient than having multiple bags for sale. “

If you get caught with a small amount of cannabis in Queensland, the likely outcome (though not guaranteed) is a drug versioning program. This program provides professional assistance to the perpetrator and likely eliminates the possibility of a criminal record.

However, the 1987 Drug Abuse Ordinance also states that the maximum prison sentence for possession of cannabis is:

15 years – if the amount is less than 500 g of cannabis 20 years – if the amount is more than 500 g of cannabis

While you may only need to go through a drug versioning program to have a few grams of weed for personal use, the potential for up to 15 years in prison is possible.

Will Queensland Legalize Soon?

Queensland’s ideology is strange. Not only is it a very large state, but it also has a very dispersed and decentralized population. In fact, it is the most decentralized state or territory in Australia. About half of the population lives outside the capital Brisbane and its surroundings.

In the north there are places like Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton which are usually quite conservative and generally choose that way. To the south, however, there is Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast, which are usually a bit more liberal (maybe not the Gold Coast, actually).

Queensland has just passed a state election and re-elected the center-left Labor party. They did not have a specific stance on cannabis, so it is unlikely that they will seek legalization anytime soon. The ACT, which was legalized in early 2020, definitely put pressure on the rest of Australia, but an actual state (and not just a territory) would set the wheels in motion for the rest of the country to go ahead with the legalization of recreational cannabis begin. Right now, I doubt QLD will be that first state.

Continue reading:
Weeds in the Northern Territory – Part 1 Australia Series


Beth Edmonds