20 Oct 2022
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise illicit drugs in small quantities.
Laws passed in the territory’s parliament on Thursday mean people found with small amounts of nine different types of illicit drugs will not be criminally prosecuted.
Instead they will be cautioned, fined or referred to a drug diversion program.
The substances decriminalised include heroin, cocaine and speed.
The ACT health minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith, said focusing on harm-minimisation rather than punishing drug users was the way forward.