Weeds in Tasmania – Australia Sequence


This is part 6 of our 8-part series on weed research in Australia. We’re talking about weeds in Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state and the only state not connected to the mainland.

While Tasmania may be small compared to the rest of Australia, it is still larger than 10 states in the US. West Virginia is closest to size, Tasmania only slightly larger.

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Weed laws in Tasmania

It is illegal to grow, own, and use cannabis without a prescription in Tasmania. Owning weeds can lead to this 2 years in prison or a fine of up to AUD 7,850. The same goes for growing cannabis.

If you are caught with up to 1 kg of weeds or 20 plants or if you own them, this is classified as a marketable amount. Marketable quantities can result in 21 years in prison. For the delivery of medication, the penalty can be a $ 15,700 AUD fine or 4 years in prison.

Fortunately, like most other states, the Tasmanian Police can choose not to charge a person with minor drug offenses. Instead, it could lead to an informal or formal caution. While this option exists, if you are weed caught in Tasmania, you shouldn’t expect to get this option.

Recreational herb use is not legal in Tasmania, as is the rest of Australia (minus ACT).

Medical marijuana in Tasmania

Medical marijuana is legal in Tasmania. The Australian federal government legalized medicinal weed in 2016. However, it is up to the states and territories how they implement these laws. In Tasmania, applications cannot be made through regular general practitioners, only through specific health specialists.

This limitation is not supported by the fact that patients must have previously tried more traditional medicines and did not respond.

Tasmania’s stereotype

Tasmania is often viewed as one of the most backward parts of Australia. At least it used to be. This isn’t really true these days, but it takes time to break a stereotype. Tasmania’s chances of legalizing anytime soon are slim, however, making it a very unlikely candidate to become Australia’s second state or territory to be legalized.

And that’s a real shame too, because Tasmania has some absolutely crazy national parks, wildlife, and scenery to offer. A nature that is easy to appreciate soberly, but having a few joints on hand would improve the experience a few notches.


Beth Edmonds