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are cannabis seeds illegal in australia

Update: GREAT NEWS! Meanwhile ACT has legalized recreational marijuana use. It’s the first state to do so and should take effect Jan 2020.

If you are going to import cannabis seeds from elsewhere in the world, you want to make sure that your supplier knows what they are doing. This means that they package the seeds discreetly, so they have a better chance of getting through customs. Weedseedsexpress is such a supplier. We ship discreetly, quickly, and free of charge. As a result, 95% of our shipments arrive at their destination, usually within 15 business days.

Queensland

In this state, you can get off with a caution 3 times in 10 years, unless you possess more than 50 grams.

No criminal charges will be filed against you in this state if you possess under 10 grams of weed, or grow it. You will however have to attend a Cannabis Intervention Session.

As mentioned before, selling cannabis seeds is illegal in Australia. This makes it difficult to buy them there, but importing seeds from elsewhere is an option. Please remember that you can only grow a small number of plants without risking criminal charges. It is advisable to only grow buds for your own consumption and to not sell weed or seeds to others. The law is not that flexible at this point. Now if you are planning to import some cannabis seeds, where do you buy them and which should you choose?

Only patients who have a valid prescription are allowed to use and possess medical cannabis grown in the country. Additionally, the cannabis must be approved under the Therapeutic Goods Act by national regulators who track and manage the medical marijuana program. As cannabis is legal for medical purposes only, the possession of seeds is allowed under the restriction that such seeds will be used to grow plants for strictly medical use. However, as noted, cannabis for recreational purposes is illegal – therefore, the question of how law enforcement officers would view the mere possession of cannabis seeds in a stand-alone container is not entirely clear. If the seeds are situated in such a way as to indicate that they are meant to be cultivated for recreational use, they will likely be deemed illegitimate and seized by law enforcement personnel.

Despite cannabis’s illegality in Australia, the country boasts several dispensaries, which currently sell seeds in addition to a growing number of \ online seed banks in and outside of the country, which cater to Australians. Depending on the state/province, individuals who purchase seeds and are caught growing and/or trafficking in large quantities will likely be arrested and subject to jail time and/or heavy fines.

Current state of law on cannabis seeds in Australia

In Australia, cannabis is legal for medical purposes only. As a corollary, it is not legal for recreational purposes and depending on the state/province one finds oneself in when caught with the plant, the penalties for cultivation/possession will vary. Fundamentally, the country has adopted a National Drug Strategy, which favors minimal penalties and sanctions for recreational cannabis use and to a lesser extent, trafficking. The system is focused on rehabilitation and has a series of treatment strategies available to offenders to reduce the chances of recidivism. Given the rather precarious legal status of marijuana, it is important for both buyers and sellers to familiarize themselves with Australia’s current cannabis laws and particularly the status of seeds.

Theoretically, marijuana dispensaries may sell cannabis seeds for the sole purpose of enabling individuals, who have a valid prescription to use marijuana, the ability to grow in their own home. It is extremely important for business owners to communicate to consumers that the germination, trafficking, and/or non-medical use of such products is illegal. Lastly, business owners would be wise to warn customers that questions or inquiries related to the germination or growth of cannabis seeds will lead to a refusal to sell.

This blog post is for informational purposes only. Nothing in this post should be construed as legal advice.