Laws and Legislation
Australia has adopted harm minimization strategies with an emphasis on treatment when it comes to simple marijuana offenses. Trafficking and exportation still fall into federal jurisdiction for large amounts with severe penalties. Most offenses are ruled within the territories legislation.
Penalties for cultivation have become harsher since more people have began and attracted attention to it with large-scale operations. The laws are confusing and often debated, with some arguing that possession is essentially legal.
Australian Capital Territory laws
Canberra is in a region known as the Australia Capital Territory (ACT). For marijuana it carries a civil-penalty for possession of small amounts. Not more than 25g or two non-hydroponic plants is 100 AUD fine and the possibility to attend a drug class but that is completely up to the police discretion
The AFP generally tend to be pretty realistic, and focus on “real crimes” instead of marijuana use. Don’t wave your spliff in a cop’s face and you’ll be fine.
Where to Buy Marijuana in Canberra
Let me put it like this: If you want to get intoxicated, Civic is the place to be. I saw someone suggest Manuka, but as a Canberra resident I’ve never found Manuka to be good for buying weed.
Instead, go to Civic (Thursday and Friday nights are the best time) and find a smallish club called Toast on the far eastern side, sort of near the Canberra Casino. If you know where Electric Shadows used to be (look for a staircase), Toast is located on one side of a funky courtyard at the top of the stairs which is full of Hexagons. If you look down and are reminded of Benzene Rings, you’re in the right place.
Toast is a great place. The first Friday of every month, Toast hosts Lithium, a music event to which Canberra’s Hippies, Goths and Emos are attracted like flies, and all of the people there tend to be either weed users or otherwise sympathetic.
So if you’re looking for weed in Canberra and you’ve got no connections, go find the crazy Hexagon courtyard in Civic (if you can’t find it, just ask anyone where Toast is) and hang around asking everyone you meet. Even if you don’t find any, you’ll meet some beautiful people and have a great night out.
Our most recent report is: “Another good place to find weed is the Phoenix; a small alternative bar in the nightclub strip across from the bus interchange, annotated by a large folding chalkboard with the word PUB written across it. It’s frequented by old hippies, young hippies, uni students, punks and other varieties of alternative culture. People are generally friendly, tolerant and extremely drunk and/or high, so it won’t be hard to find someone who can hook you up.
But seriously, in Canberra, it’s easy to find weed. The city is a boring sh**-hole in the middle of nowhere, freezing cold in the winter, boiling hot in the summer, full of pollies and public servants who are full of shit, and you can be damned sure that every young person (and some old) at least knows someone who can get weed if they’re not selling it to feed their own habits. At night time, if you can’t get to Toast or the Pheonix, just find a bar playing live music and ask some of the trendies. Hell, most of the redneck tradesmen smoke, so they might be able to help you out.”
Canberra, Australia marijuana prices
For very chronic hydro, 1 gram = $20,
3.5grams(1/8th) = $50, 1/4 oz. = $90
for average organic bud, 1 gram = $10,
3.5grams(1/8th) = $30
It is worth noting that the weed available in Canberra is generally pretty potent. In general, you never really get ripped off – even if you pay seemingly exorbitant sums for a small amount of pot that doesn’t last very long, that small amount will get you seriously stoned.