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Senate to begin debate on Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:31 AM

The Senate is to begin debate on a landmark bill that seeks to decriminalise ganja for medicinal, religious, and private use today.



The Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act of 2015 was tabled in the Upper House by Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding last week.



The amendments will make the possession of up to two ounces a non-arrestable offense.



Instead possession of such small quantities would be a ticketable infraction, attracting a fine payable outside of the court.



Failure to pay the fine would be deemed a minor offence punishable in the Petty Sessions Court by an order for community service.



The legislation prohibits the smoking of ganja in public spaces, subject to specified exemptions.



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