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Frequently Asked Questions

The Law

No, most drugs are produced and distributed legally. They are manufactured and distributed by large companies, and also distributed through commercial outlets. For two of the most widely used drugs, alcohol and nicotine, prescriptions are not needed.

In Western Australia it is illegal to use, possession, cultivate, manufacture, sell or supply an illicit drug. Penalties can range from a $2,000 fine and/or two years in prison to a $100,000 fine and/or imprisonment for 25 years. In addition, any person convicted of a drug offence will receive a criminal record, which can lead to difficulties in getting a job, credit or visas for overseas travel. Police can issue a Cannabis Intervention Requirement (CIR) or a Drug Diversion Notice when small quantities of a drug are detected.

Drug Aware is a program that targets young people with messages about drug use that focus on the prevention of use and associated harm.

As you are enquiring about the law in WA, we would recommend you contact WA Police (www.police.wa.gov.au).

Drug Aware is a program that targets young people with messages about illicit drug use that focus on prevention of use and associated harm.

In Western Australia it is illegal to use, possess, cultivate, manufacture, sell or supply an illicit drug. Penalties can range from a $2,000 fine and/or two years in prison to a $100,000 fine and/or imprisonment for 25 years. In addition, any person convicted of a drug offense will receive a criminal record, which can lead to difficulties in getting a job, credit or visas for overseas travel. Police can issue a Cannabis Intervention Requirement (CIR) or a Drug Diversion Notice when small quantities of a drug are detected. For more information about the laws, we would recommend you contact WA Police or visit their website www.police.wa.gov.au.

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