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The new ACT law still has loopholes where smokers break the law if they share a joint

Canberra is high after being the first Australian city to legalize cannabis.

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Thanks to the historic legislation adopted by Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Wednesday, anyone over the age of 18 can own 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants.

But there are still a number of loopholes that smokers should pay attention to before they light up in the country's capital.

The new ACT law still has loopholes where smokers break the law if they share a joint

The new ACT law still has loopholes where smokers break the law if they share a joint

Weed is not sold in stores and it is still illegal to deliver the medicine to others or enjoy a pull on someone else's joint, even if no money is exchanged.

& # 39; If there is evidence that someone is providing cannabis to someone else, that offer is an insult & # 39 ;, said Chief Commissioner Ray Johnson to ABC Radio.

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Smoking weed in public places and everywhere near children will still be illegal, along with growing in communal gardens or hydroponics.

Driving under the influence of cannabis remains a criminal offense in the ACT.

Interstate visitors who visit the capital of the country will not be able to take it home because cannabis remains illegal in every other state and territory.

Enjoying a joint legally in the country's capital will only take effect on January 31 next year

Enjoying a joint legally in the country's capital will only take effect on January 31 next year

Enjoying a joint legally in the country's capital will only take effect on January 31 next year

Despite the legislation that is already being adopted, the new law will only enter into force on January 31 next year.

Until then it is still illegal to owns cultivate, sell or deliver any amount of the drug in the ACT.

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& # 39; Penalties start at $ 100 fines for simple cannabis crimes, and range up to $ 250,000 fines and life imprisonment for more serious cannabis crimes & # 39 ;, says the ACT Police website.

The bill must also first be signed by ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith before it becomes law.

There is limited access to the drug after the law comes into force early next year with a limit of four cannabis plants per household.

There is a limit of four cannabis plants per household under the new ACT cannabis legislation

There is a limit of four cannabis plants per household under the new ACT cannabis legislation

There is a limit of four cannabis plants per household under the new ACT cannabis legislation

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There is also fear that ACT legislation will clash with federal drug legislation, where cannabis remains a prohibited substance.

"This does not completely eliminate the risk of people being arrested under Commonwealth legislation, and we are at the front of the community," Attorney General Gordon Ramsay told the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

Police say they will support the ACT government with the new laws, but admit that there will be challenges.

& # 39; We will work to make (the laws) as effective as possible & # 39 ;, said chief police officer Johnson to ABC Radio.

& # 39; Police officers will have their opinion and they will implement the law of the day as well as possible. & # 39;

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There are concerns that the federal government will consider challenging new ACT laws.

Cannabis remains a prohibited substance under federal drug laws (stock photo)

Cannabis remains a prohibited substance under federal drug laws (stock photo)

Cannabis remains a prohibited substance under federal drug laws (stock photo)

& # 39; I think it might be trendy for the ACT government to take this path, and they will say that they are enlightened and progressive and everything else, & # 39; Minister of the Interior Peter Dutton told 2GB radio on Thursday.

Greens national leader Richard Di Natale welcomed the new law, but wants to see a national approach.

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"There is concern that the federal police could still intervene in the ACT, so what we need is a national approach," he told Channel Nine & # 39; s Show today on Thursday.

& # 39; Every state must take the problem of cannabis out of the hands of criminals, it must be treated as a health problem.

& # 39; We must ensure that we have strictly regulated access and thus limit damage, we take it out of the hands of criminal syndicates and we ensure a tightly regulated health model for a drug that many Australians already use. & # 39;

If signed by the ACT Health Minister, the new law will allow anyone over the age of 18 to own 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants in the country's capital

If signed by the ACT Health Minister, the new law will allow anyone over the age of 18 to own 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants in the country's capital

If signed by the ACT Health Minister, the new law will allow anyone over the age of 18 to own 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants in the country's capital

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