Know the ACT Cannabis rules
On 31 January 2020, we introduced new rules around personal use of cannabis in the ACT to help people get support and stay out of our justice system. Some rules have changed, and some have stayed the same.
What are the changes?
If you’re aged 18 and over in the ACT, you can now:
- possess up to 50 grams of dried cannabis or up to 150 grams of fresh cannabis
- grow up to two cannabis plants per person, with a maximum of four plants per household
- use cannabis in your home (personal use).
It’s now an offence to:
- smoke or use cannabis in a public place
- expose a child or young person to cannabis smoke
- store cannabis where children can reach it
- grow cannabis using hydroponics or artificial cultivation
- grow plants where they can be accessed by the public.
Where can I get health information and support?
Information about how cannabis can impact your health is available on the ACT Health website.
Support services are also available if you need or want to change your cannabis use.
Some rules are still the same
It’s still illegal:
- to sell, share or give cannabis as a gift to another person
- for people aged under 18 to grow, possess, or use cannabis
- to drive with any cannabis in your system.
Why did the ACT Government change its cannabis rules?
We know people in the ACT use cannabis. We want to encourage people to get the support they need through our health system and not be forced through the justice system. Our health services are here to support you.
Cannabis is not legal in the ACT, it has been decriminalised. The ACT has removed penalties for adults who possess or use small amounts of cannabis so they can get support without fear of being put through the justice system.
New rules around personal use of cannabis came into effect on 31 January 2020.