JULY 17, 2011 - TOUGH NEW CANNABIS LAWS FOR WA (AU)
Tough new penalties for possessing and growing cannabis or selling smoking implements come into force in Western Australia on August 1.
Police Minister Rob Johnson announced on Sunday that the "relaxed, soft drug laws" introduced by the previous Labor government would be repealed and replaced by a stricter regime.
But the opposition says the new penalties are just "smoke and mirrors" to make out the government is tough on drugs when it's facing pressure over a growth in clandestine drug labs in the suburbs.
Under the new laws, someone caught with more than 10 grams of cannabis, rather than the 30g under the previous law, will face a penalty of $2000 or two years in jail, or both.
That will also apply to people found with any cannabis plants, where previously the possession of two plants led to the issuing of an infringement notice and a $100 to $200 fine.
A person found in possession of more than 100g of cannabis would be deemed to have that quantity for supply and could face a penalty of $20,000 or two years in jail.
A person found in possession of 10g or less of cannabis will receive a Cannabis Intervention Requirement notice to attend a mandatory counselling session.
It will also be illegal for cannabis smoking implements to be displayed in shops or sold, with fines up to $10,000 for sales to adults and jail for up to two years or a fine of up to $24,000 for selling to minors.