However Mr Barr says he will not lobby the federal government to relax the criminal code or seek a memorandum of understanding with ACT Policing to resolve the tension.

A parliamentary committee examining the private member’s bill from Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson is due to report back on Thursday.

The bill would remove cannabis possession under 50g as an offence for adults under the ACT’s criminal code, thus legalising it.

However cannabis is still a controlled drug under Commonwealth law and the constitution states that where state law is inconsistent with federal law, the latter wins.

In a letter to the committee, Mr Barr admitted it was still uncertain how the legislation would interact with Commonwealth law.

Another great article from the ABC here and well worth a read , it covers a number of the issues raised by what is or isn’t happening in the ACT