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Australia legalizes cannabis for personal use

Possessing and growing cannabis for personal use will become legal in Australia’s capital.

The laws, which don’t come into effect until 31 January, were passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

They will allow Canberrans over 18 to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants.

The ACT attorney-general, Gordon Ramsay, told the assembly it was time to treat drug addition like a health issue rather than an issue of “right and wrong”, which is why the laws would be accompanied by more drug and alcohol services and the introduction of specific drug courts.

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